the town hall in Gothenburg, is a venerable old heritage building at Gustaf Adolf square. On the site there have been many houses that have burned down.
Here are some of the protagonists of the socialist drama that had unfolded in plain sight over the past few weeks. The atmosphere is so charged in the corridors where the democrats sit to the carpets almost self-igniting.
Prime minister Stefan Löfven has said that unless the conflict in Gothenburg get a solution as soon as possible the risk to damage the whole party.
Ann-Sofie Hermansson will she just back from the first meeting with the working group in the municipal council after her own kommunfullmäktigegrupp deposed her blatantly on February 13.
" of course It was a hassle to my mayor is taking a stance against me in this way. It is not made of steel. But we managed beta of what it says on the charts, " she says, and line up their three phones on the table in front of him.
One for private calls, one for jobbärenden and a nyinförskaffad for her to be able to receive calls from residents who wonder what is happening.
There are many callers to show their support, " says Ann-Sofie Hermansson.Correspondingly, the corridor in the Gothenburg city hall. Photo: Tomas Ohlsson
the board Members who ousted her in the city council sitting in the room next door. The conflict briserade on 10 February, when councillor Shahbaz Khan suddenly chose to jump off.
however, He may not leave the job until his successor is appointed. Therefore, he was sitting in one of the room next to Hermansson and work on as best he can.
" As a councillor I have repeatedly tried to hold a conversation and hold meetings with Ann-Sofie to we together should agree on the direction. But it has not gone. Instead I, and many other councilor who say similar things, ended up in a position where we only had to perform the tasks as determined by Ann-Sophie's staff, " he says.
It is also the picture that was given by the district board and members of the city council.
– Everything is controlled by a small circuit which lack broader support, " explains one of the members who wish to remain anonymous.
S board, accusing Hermansson for the top
On the criticism respond, Ann-Sofie Hermansson that it is her job as a manager to put our foot down and point out the direction.Open for lunch with ”the Couch” in the district of Haga. Next, the senior Clas Kristiansson who had come to talk about the rift in the party. – She looks to adapt the s-policy so it fits the society we have today. If you do not find the party no voters, " he says. Photo: Tomas Ohlsson
According to the member, there are many who believe that the job as a group leader of municipal government has become a too big costume for Hermansson.
– In the fear of their own failures, I believe, unfortunately, that she laid too much responsibility in the hands of his chief of staff. Then, his function has just grown and become too large.
where the chief of staff David Heather sits. He is a former professional football player, known for being a quiet workhorse with a strong will.
Hermansson call him Gothenburg's equivalent of the finance minister Magdalena Andersson.
– I see to to enforce the the Couch and the working group think that we should do. Then we have taken on slightly different roles. The couch is the one that is going out and hitting the wind while I am the one who takes care of the practical koordinerandet here at the office. In this way, I might have a prominent role, " he says.
A couple of times a month adds Ann-Sofie Hermansson up an event on Facebook, which she calls “open lunch with the Couch”.
This means that anyone can come to a vegetarian restaurant in the Haga district to meet with her. Pretty soon it becomes clear that one of her great talents is actually to be out there among the people.
One of those that will is Johann Fröhling. He is environmentalist and opponent of Västlänken.
– It is easy to get a personal contact with the Couch. She is interested in talking with everyone, even those who are opposed to her policies, " he says.
Hermansson hope extrakongress can put an end to the ”fulspel”
Ann-Sofie Hermansson feel that she has a strong support at the grassroots level. The people against the elite, it is the very essence of the conflict, she says. Itself she comes from a home where the father was d and the racers, and the mother worked in the home care.
After the elections in 2014 she was asked if she would like to stand for election as leader of the social democrats in the municipal government, after the then leader Anneli Hultén decided to stop.
In January 2016 if she is elected by unanimous distriktskongress for the whole of the coming term of office.
" Yes, I had been working for Göran Johansson. And seen how Anneli Hultén existence looked like.
In last year's election campaign, the job of turning a development where the social democrats went down at historically low levels, from 36% in 2006 to 22 per cent in 2014.
Ann-Sofie Hermansson went out clearly and profiled in issues of extremism and hedersförtryck.
If you follow the discussions in social media you will see that these subjects are behind a large part of the Hermanssons popularity. But as thought she put too much focus on the issue, and the other came in the dark.
the results of the Election became a fiasco it ended up of 20.5.
Already during the election campaign to be a district board have started to become aware of the problems with Hermanssons leadership and the crack between the two centres of power began to open itself: Between Järntorget where distriktskansliet house where Anna Johansson is the manager. And the town hall where Ann-Sofie Hermansson's head and sitting on the highest post that a socialist can have in the city of Gothenburg.
Shahbaz Khan jumps of that conflict become visible from the outside. Then as by Anna Johansson in the lead out and accuse Hermansson for the top.
The paints also Ann-Sofie Hermansson who is responsible for the party's 24 years in power has been broken. It is she who gets the blame for that today, it is the Alliance that controls the Gothenburg, even though it only has 24 seats out of 81.the Conflict in Göteborg was visible from the outside after the mayor Shahbaz Khan dropped out of due to the fact of that he experienced the top-down and the problems of working together. Photo: Tomas Ohlsson
It is significantly less than it rödgrönrosa the block. If S, V, MP, and Fi had chosen to work had the block had 36 mandates.
it was never something rödgrönrosa cooperation depends on the Hermanssons'd, mean a majority of the district board asking her to leave the job as a group leader immediately.
Hermansson argues, however, that such a coalition was not possible because the Democrats are sitting on 14 seats and in that case simply had to be able to interact with the Alliance, and, eventually, the rödgrönrosa with 38 seats.
"Yes, but when we have different positions, it is actually I as a group leader, who should decide," says Ann-Sofie Hermansson.
She believes that she after the election, the daily held talks with the ruling coalition parties had agreed, the Democrats and the rödgrönrosa.
" I think if we had tried with the rödgrönrosa so they had exploited us.
– No, it is not possible to do as usual after this election. The old logic of blocs need to be developed. Let us be in opposition a small amount of time.
that the conflict basically comes down to a battle between the two power centres in Gothenburg, sweden.
– this is The way our party works. We have the organization that brings out the long-term strategies, and the municipal government that has the executive role and take the daily politics.
in Order to end the conflict, has Anna Johansson now announced that she will not stand for re-election after the congress in april.
But Ann-Sofie Hermansson holding on to power. On 3 march are distriktskongressen a special session at the Folkets hus in Gothenburg, sweden.
Then 239 designated members from 79 different socialist associations decide if she should have continued confidence to lead S in Gothenburg, sweden.
some of them are established politicians but the majority is grassroots, Hermansson hope.