SD leaves power – goes into opposition
On August 17th, Municipal Councillor Eric Berntsson (SD) announced that he was resigning from all of his political duties with immediate effect. He cited personal reasons as the cause.
The next day, August 18th, Gudrun Bengtsson (SD), Linda Väbro (SD) and Andreas Väbro (SD) also resigned from all of their political duties with immediate effect. Personal reasons are stated in the couple Väbro's case, while Bengtsson states health reasons.
Since then, the Swedish Democrats have tried to form a majority that can govern the municipality. But all talks with the Moderates, the Alternative, the Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats (S) have failed. SD has therefore chosen to leave all of their posts.
When SD sought cooperation to form a majority, they were criticised by the Social Democrats. S believes that SD is not prepared to take responsibility for its own actions that have led the municipality to make major cuts.
Magnus Persson (SD), Deputy Group Leader, does not agree: “On the contrary, we accept responsibility. A minority rule is bad for Bromölla and we want to make it possible to have a majority rule”.
– I don’t feel like we are giving up control. We have become politically outmanoeuvred. It has been more important to shoot SD down than to take care of the municipality, says Magnus Persson.
– I will not leave immediately but will remain as Chairman of the Municipal Council until a new one is elected. I don’t think that will happen until October.
The Municipal Council’s first Vice Chairwoman Jenny Önnevik (S) has temporarily taken over from Eric Berntsson in the Municipal Council.