"It is not surprising that Jan Björklund leaves in the autumn as the party leader, according to the political scientist."
"The trickier it can be to find a successor who can unite the party after the recent controversy and to map out the party's role in the new political landscape."
"If Jan Björklund had not announced his resignation by now surely had the issue come up later in the year, think of the political scientist Svend Dahl, head of the Liberal news agency. Now he can retire after twelve years as party leader, and after having gotten through the januariavtalet."
"– He managed to get the party to where he wanted to in the regeringsfrågan and thus can leave with that now it is time for someone else to take over and build on what he has achieved, " says the political scientist Svend Dahl, head of the Liberal news agency."
"But it is not a completely risk free decision, according to Jonas Hinnfors, professor of political science at Gothenburg university."
"– It may happen that this unleashes internal tensions. Before januariuppgörelsen, it became quite obvious that there is a division within the party, " he says."
"It is not impossible to björklund's departure endanger the januariavtalet, even if it is unlikely, according Hinnfors."
"– It is a high-risk project that he chooses to announce his resignation now. The christian democrats pulled out of the decemberöverenskommelsen because the internal pressure became too great and then fell everything like a house of cards, " he says and continues:"
"– But it is so that the Liberals are in a position to take this step, it is not completely inconceivable that Stefan Löfven is threatening with the option. For a divided party that is so close to the fyraprocentspärren it means that you can go out of the parliament. So much talking for you to sit still in the boat and instead are betting on the next election."
"Among the persons who mentioned that Björklunds any successor hear the EUROPEAN commissioner for home affairs Cecilia Malmström and former minister in the alliance government, Nyamko Sabuni."
"– Both are experienced politicians and none of them have had a high profile during the regeringsuppgörelsen, which can speak for them. At the same time, it is incredibly important to riksdagssamarbetet in this complex location and both of them have been away from parliament for long, " says Hinnfors."
"Also, Birgitta Ohlsson, and the party of economic-political spokesperson Mats Persson has been mentioned as the possible candidates."
"– It is against the Persson is that he went out publicly and criticized the januariavtalet which means that it can be seen as he lights the fire of the rivalry. Ohlsson's strong engagement in some issues can also be a disadvantage, for the same reason."
"Whoever succeeds He has a delicate task ahead of him, according to Svend Dahl."
"– The two factors that are absolutely central is the ability to unite the party and to point out a direction forward and find this party's role in the political landscape. Not least to differentiate it vis-à-vis the Centre. Today there are two parties that are very similar to each other and likely there is only room for one, " he says."