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From The Local (from an article I don't trust):

Swedish parties, like many Swedish organisations, are wary of internal competition for leadership positions. When a vacancy arises, the task of filling it is thus usually delegated to a selection committee (valberedning), which, having conferred and consulted, will frequently recommend only a single candidate for broader confirmation.

If that's how it is done; it's bullshit.  "Conferring and consulting," to me, gives the Stockholm apparatchiks way too much power and control over the process, is a throughly undemocratic procedure, is almost a guarantee of cronyism, and shuts-out the majority of the SD membership.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Oct 14th, 2011 at 06:53:55 PM EST
That is the way it is done, and more so in the soc-dems then in other parties, though most parties has similar systems (the greens being the most open I think, they are also the only party with fixed limits on party leader terms). Exactly how the conferring and consulting is done is beyond my knowledge, though I think there are pretty strict forms. The districts at some point makes their preferences known publicly.

It is clearly a system that can be gamed, but in this case it appears to have been gamed against the will of the Stockholm apparatchiks.

Hopefully this affair will give the soc-dems (abreviated SAP btw) some impulse to change their system when it comes to elect a party leader.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Oct 15th, 2011 at 02:42:24 PM EST
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Ack the "proper abbreviation."  

I know that but, alas, 'Twas a brain fart at the time of scribbling.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Oct 15th, 2011 at 02:55:50 PM EST
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