Two Swedes exit Cab­i­net over tech breach

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

HELSINKI — Swedish Prime Min­is­ter Ste­fan Lofven on Thurs­day reshuf­fled his mi­nor­ity Cab­i­net, re­plac­ing two mem­bers, af­ter op­po­si­tion par­ties de­manded the ouster of three gov­ern­ment min­is­ters over one of the largest se­cu­rity breaches in the coun­try’s his­tory.

Lofven said the heads of the in­te­rior and in­fra­struc­ture min­istries had re­quested to leave but that De­fense Min­is­ter Pe­ter Hultqvist would re­main in the Cab­i­net be­cause a no-con­fi­dence pro­posal against him was un­founded.

Ad­dress­ing a news con­fer­ence, Lofven de­scribed the op­po­si­tion mo­tion to file a no-con­fi­dence vote against the three gov­ern­ment min­is­ters as “hasty and ill-planned” and ir­re­spon­si­ble, as Hultqvist “didn’t have re­spon­si­bil­ity for the au­thor­ity where the short­com­ings oc­curred.”

He added that he wants “to take re­spon­si­bil­ity so that the coun­try doesn’t end up in a po­lit­i­cal cri­sis.”

Lofven said now it was up to law­mak­ers to de­cide Hultqvist’s fate.

The 2015 breach al­lowed in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy work­ers abroad to ac­cess con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion in Swe­den’s gov­ern­ment and po­lice database when the Trans­port Agency out­sourced some of its ser­vices to IBM in the Czech Repub­lic.

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