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Karin Eriksson: Sensational with an open power struggle

– It is sensational with an open power struggle in politics, and especially in a party like the social democrats, where loyalty and cohesion are highly valued.

the district board has agreed to give Ann-Sofie Hermansson fired as the leader of the Göteborgspolitiken. President Anna Johansson speaks about the difficult problems of working together with a leader who toppstyr, withhold information and get employees to feel bad.

But Hermansson strikes back. She claims that it is Anna Johansson, who is trying to save his own political career, with the support of a bunch of in the board of directors. She points out that the party has lost both the voters and members in Anna Johansson's twelve years as a district. With Hermanssons own words is now a ”fulspel” which ”beats most of the record”.

– the Conflict has been described as a new the wars of the roses, and the Gothenburg one may say that all have turned the tags outwards.

" Yes, of course, you can ask. Ann-Sofie Hermansson, known as the Couch, is not the first politician in Gothenburg with hard hands. Her former supervisor Göran Johansson – who was also Anna Johansson's father – ruled the city and the party with a firm hand and an iron will in decades.

But times have changed. And the current's management has failed miserably to deal with the political situation in Sweden's second city.

today consists Göteborgspolitiken in the practice of the five blocks, and the ruling coalition parties had agreed to operate, despite the fact that they are only in possession of 24 of the 81 seats in the municipal council. ”The opposition is very fragmented,” noted board chairman Axel Josefson (M) in a DN interview at the new year.

Ann-Sofie Hermansson managed to knock a wedge in the bourgeois camp. However, it is clear she is the social democrats from the rödgrönrosa, that is to say, the Left party, the green Party and Feminist initiative. The negotiations in the autumn with the new party the Democrats did not lead very far. Politicians have got to go for the less sjabbel than that.

– Difficult problems of working together is the official explanation, and it does not appear groundless. But it is in all cases a breeding ground for a more political conflict, a conflict that not only involves the choice of the co-operation parties, and the right and left.

Ann-Sofie Hermansson has made the fight against extremism and hedersförtryck to key profile questions during his time as the senior politicians in Gothenburg. Therefore, she now has support from, for example, the researcher, Magnus Ranstorp, who describes her ”drive in question” as ”absolutely critical” for Gothenburg.

It is known that she has received internal criticism for its rhetoric and its priorities. And even if the handling of extremism is not the main reason for infighting in Gothenburg, so can the power struggle reinforce the tensions that already exist in the party.

– An additional distriktskongress in the beginning of march to determine Ann-Sofie Hermanssons future. She would, contrary to the board's decisions can have a renewed confidence, it should be impossible for Anna Johansson to remain in that district.

It will be a turbulent spring for the social democrats in Gothenburg and the political opponents will surely follow the fighting with a certain delight. But even they have reason to be nervous. Alliansstyret in Gothenburg rests on an extremely fragile basis. A new social democratic group leader would possibly handle the political situation any more skilled than what Ann-Sofie Hermansson has done.

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