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Ardalan Shekarabi (Persian: اردلان شکرآبی‎; born in Manchester, UK, 28 November 1978) is an Iranian-Swedish politician and former chairman.[1] In October 2014, he became the Minister for Public Administration in the new Stefan Löfven government.[2] On 21 January 2019 he became Minister for Consumer Affairs.[3]

Ardalan Shekarabi
Ardalan Shekarabi.jpg
Minister for Public Administration
Assumed office
3 October 2014
MonarchCarl XVI Gustaf
Prime MinisterStefan Löfven
Preceded byStefan Attefall
Member of the Swedish Riksdag
for Uppsala County
Assumed office
15 April 2013
Personal details
Born (1978-11-28) 28 November 1978 (age 40)
Manchester, United Kingdom
Political partySocial Democrats
OccupationJurist

ControversiesEdit

In December 2004 Dagens Nyheter revealed that Shekarabi had siphoned funds[4] from his political party's youth fund SSU into an account supposed to be used for integration projects. This account was later used for private purchases. Shekarabi claims he did not know where the money came from.

During Shekarabi's leadership of the SSU it was also revealed that extensive membership cheating had occurred, inflating numbers to gain more funds for SSU.[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nödvändig konflikt inom SSU". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). 7 August 2003. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
  2. ^ "New ministers at the Ministry of Finance". Government Offices of Sweden. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  3. ^ Eklundh, Johanna. "Alla Löfven-regeringens ministrar – hela listan". SVT Nyheter. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Hemligt konto bekostade kampanj för SSU-ordförande". Dagens Nyheter. 21 December 2004.
  5. ^ "SSU lovar räfst och rättarting". Svenska Dagbladet. 14 March 2005.
  6. ^ "Shekarabis SSU-distrikt fuskade". Svenska Dagbladet. 18 March 2005.[dead link]
Preceded by
Mikael Damberg
Chairperson of the Social Democratic Youth League
2003–2005
Succeeded by
Anna Sjödin