Jonas Sjöstedt

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Jonas Sjöstedt
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Chairperson of the Left Party
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 January 2012
Preceded by Lars Ohly
Member of the Swedish Parliament
for Västerbotten County
Incumbent
Assumed office
2010
Member of the European Parliament
for Sweden
In office
1995–2006
Personal details
Born (1964-12-25) 25 December 1964 (age 49)
Gothenburg, Sweden
Political party Left Party
Other political
affiliations
Socialist
Profession Metalworker
Website jonassjostedt.se

Jonas Sjöstedt (born 25 December 1964) is a Swedish politician who is the current chairperson of the Left Party since 2012, and a former metalworker.[1] He is also a member of the Swedish parliament since 2010.

Sjöstedt was born in Gothenburg and became politically active as a union leader in the Volvo plant in the city of Umeå in the early 1990s. Opposed to Swedish membership of the European Union, he was elected Member of the European Parliament in 1995 for the Left Party as part of the European United Left–Nordic Green Left, until he stood down in September 2006. He was elected as a member in the Parliament of Sweden in 2010, representing Västerbotten. In the election, he was placed number one on the Left Party list (which generally receives one representative in this constituency) and was elected in a personal landslide of one third of all preference votes (a plurality above 8% being sufficient for a one seat-party).

Living in New York City from 2006 to 2010, he is also a member of the Socialist Party USA, during a period he also wrote for Swedish leftist publications, radio and print columns, as well as works of history and fiction. He is married to Swedish diplomat Ann Måwe, part of the Swedish delegation to the United Nations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "De ska leda Vänsterpartiet" (Press release) (in Swedish). Left Party. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Lars Ohly
Chairperson of the Left Party
2012–
Incumbent