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Sweden Democrat wins Deputy Speaker spot

Sweden Democrat wins Deputy Speaker spot

Björn Söder. Photo: TT

Published: 29 Sep 2014 16:49 GMT+02:00

Despite most Members of Parliament abstaining from voting, Sweden Democrat party secretary Björn Söder has been announced as one of Sweden’s new Deputy Speakers.

292 of Sweden’s 349 MPs handed in blank ballot papers.

But all members of Björn Söder’s nationalist party the Sweden Democrats, who became the country’s third-largest party in elections earlier this month, voted to give him the prestigious job.

This initially wasn’t enough for him to snag the position, because Swedish law states that a candidate needs to secure a majority of votes from Parliament.

However, after two re-votes the candidate with the most votes can win the spot and this happened on Monday afternoon.

More here. h/t: Fjordman

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