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PM Stefan Löfven announces new government. Photo: Riksdagen

IT-scandal forces Swedish ministers to step down

The scandal surrounding the leak from the Transport authority in Sweden resulted in the opposition threatening a vote of censure against the government. Today PM Stefan Löfven from the Social Democrat party announced reshuffling of his government.

Published: July 27, 2017, 12:27 pm

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    Three ministers will leave their jobs: Anna Johansson, with responsibility for infrastructure, Anders Ygeman, Minister of Interior, and Gabriel Wikström, Minister for Healthcare and Sports, who will quit because of bad health.

    Ygeman will stay in the party top and is proposed to take over the role of leader of the Social Democrat party group in the Parliament. Löfven also announced a new Minister post for Migration – Sweden is struggling with the aftermath of huge immigration, taking in the biggest amount of immigrants of all European countries in relation to its population, during the immigration wave that started 2014.

    Yesterday, Löfven said that the Ministers had done nothing wrong, since they were not aware of the leak. He says that the responsibility for the reshuffling lies with the opposition, who demanded change.

    The leak has resulted in the disclosure of a huge drove of data comprising all driving licences including persons with secret identities, information on all vehicles in Sweden including most military vehicles, information about bridges, tunnels and other sensitive infrastructure, and company secrets regarding newly developed cars that the authority certifies.

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