Lennart Bodström

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Ture Lennart Bodström (20 April 1928 – 30 April 2015) was a Swedish politician born in Gothenburg, who served as the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Olof Palme's Social Democratic cabinet from 1982-85.[1]

His refusal, without further evidence, to participate in the accusations against the Soviet Union regarding its possible submarine operations in Swedish waters led to a motion of confidence against him in the Riksdag, which failed. This is still as of 2008 the only time such a motion has been raised against a single member of a Swedish government (although some have resigned facing the threat of one).[citation needed]

Following the 1985 election, Bodström was reassigned to the post of Minister for Education.[1][2] Bodström's son Thomas Bodström[1] is also a Social Democratic politician.

He died one week and three days after his 87th birthday.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Lennart Bodström". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Lennart Bodström död". Aftonbladet. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Ola Ullsten
Minister for Foreign Affairs
1982–1985
Succeeded by
Sten Andersson
Preceded by
Björn Molin
Minister for Trade
October 1982–December 1982
Succeeded by
Mats Hellström
Preceded by
Lena Hjelm-Wallén
Minister for Education
1985–1989
Succeeded by
Bengt Göransson
Preceded by
Ola Ullsten
Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs
1982–1985
Succeeded by
Sten Andersson
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Axel Edelstam
Ambassador of Sweden to Norway
1989–1993
Succeeded by
Kjell Anneling