That Maria Borelius was appointed Minister for Trade last Friday, was a surprise. That Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt announced her resignation in a radio interview today was not exactly a surprise.
What is interesting to note is that according to Sveriges Radio’s summary of the interview, Mr. Reinfeldt gave the fact that her economy had been publicly questioned and that she had withheld important information for him as Prime Minister as reasons for her resignation. (Actually, what Mr. Reinfeldt says is that he sacked Ms. Borelius).
In her statement published by the Foreign Office, Ms. Borelius on the other hand claims that all relevant information about her economy – save the information about moonlighting nannies – was available in public registers in Sweden. Her resignation was motivated out of consideration to her family life.
Well, yes. Right.
A final observation: Two former leaders of the Conservative Party commented Maria Borelius’s actions during Friday. Carl Bildt couldn’t see anything incriminating while Ulf Adelsohn publicly called for her resignation (the linked article is from Saturday).