Saturday, 14 November 2009

Peter Althin new leader of Swedish republicans

The high-profile lawyer and politician Peter Althin was today elected leader of the Swedish Republican Association, taking over from Sofia Karlsson. In a short interview with Dagens Nyheter he says he aims to inform the Swedish public about the advantages of a republic rather than stressing the negative aspects of the monarchy.
Peter Althin was an MP for the Christian Democrats from 2002 to 2007, when he chose to leave Parliament. He remains a member of the board of the Christian Democrat Party. He is also one of Sweden’s most high-profile lawyers, having defended, among others, Mijajlo Mijajlovic, who was sentenced to life in prison for assassinating Foreign Minister Anna Lindh in 2003.
Labour MP Magdalena Streijffert was elected deputy leader of the Republican Association.

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