by Laurent GUERBY
Sat Oct 14th, 2006 at 10:00:30 AM EST
According to The Local:
Swedish trade minister resigns
Published: 14th October 2006 13:20 CET
Sweden's trade minister Maria Borelius has resigned, prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has announced.
Speaking on Swedish Radio's Saturday interview, Reinfeldt revealed that he had spoken to Borelius on Saturday morning.
"We have agreed that she should resign," said the prime minister.
Borelius has also quit as a member of parliament for the Moderates. She explained her decision in a press release:
"The reason is the pressure that has been put on those closest to me. My family, my friends, my neighbours and their children, business associates, relatives, even my children's friends, have been put under close scrutiny which means that normal family life has become impossible," she wrote.
Borelius had been in the job for just a week. But in that time she was hounded by the Swedish media.
First, it was revealed that she had not paid employer's tax for a nanny in the 90s. Then her failure to buy a TV licence was seized upon.
The final straw came on Friday when irregularities in a share trade were exposed, along with the fact that her homes are owned by a company based in the tax haven of Jersey.
And they haven't privatized anything yet. What's the temperature in the local medias?
Note that I hope sometimes in the future such scandals (which are commonplace) in my country will also lead to such acts.