Two Swedes exit Cabinet over tech breach
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.