Political Economy


Swedish Prime minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, reshuffles government just a few months before elections. What is the strategy? Is the PM panicking?

Tuesday, 17 September 2013
The general elections in Sweden will be held in 2014 and generally, opinion poll results have not favoured the governing parties for very long time. Could this be the next strategy the Swedish premier, Fredrik Reinfeldt want to design so that he could continue to cling to power - by reshuffling his government?

There had been speculations or insider tipping a month ago that Fredrik Reinfeldt was about to reshuffle his government ahead of elections. On Tuesday, the Prime Minister did keep to that 'speculation'.
Reinfeldt and CarlssonReinfeldt and Carlsson in swedish parliament on Tuesday?
Gunilla Carlsson leaves the post as Development and Cooperation minister and passes it to Hillevi Engström who moves from the Labour Ministery to replace her.
The outgoing minister for Development Cooperation, Gunilla Carlsson has accomplished and contributed a lot to his government, Fredrik Reinfeldt posited.

"It's been a great journey and a great collaboration, "said Gunilla Carlsson.

Elisabeth Svantesson (Moderates) will be the new Minister of Labour. She is currently Moderate party MP from Örebro County and chairperson of the Parliamentary Labour Market. She was born in 1967, an economist and has a position at Örebro University. She has been an MP since 2006.

What ever the prime minister does now will remain to be seen if it would make any change to his political situation. This is because latest opinion poll out today suggests that if the election were held today, Sweden's four governing parties would have some 40.7 percent of the vote, while the Red-Green opposition parties would get 48.8 percent, according to polling organisation Skop.

The far right party Sweden Democrats will have 9.4 percent.
By Scancomark.com Team

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