Jimmie Åkesson, the leader of the far-right Sweden Democrats, will return to politics in April after a five-month sick leave for burnout.
“My aim is to come back and start work after 31 March,” Åkesson said during the taping of a talk show to be aired on SVT on Friday evening. He also said that he would return to work in stages and would initially participate in “work training”.
Dagens Nyheter notes that it is uncertain as to whether Åkesson will be re-elected party leader at the party conference in November. Instead, Mattias Karlsson, who has acted as party leader during Åkesson’s absence, may well take over the role.
According to the newspaper’s sources, Åkesson, Karlsson and party secretary Richard Jomshof have drawn up a plan whereby Åkesson will speak in Visby on 1 July and hold his traditional summer speech on 29 August. After this, Åkesson will propose that Karlsson takes over the reins. However, this plan is now being questioned by a number of senior party members who have criticised Karlsson for trying to cooperate with the Swedish anti-racist Expo magazine, in order to uncover the extremists in the party.