The former leader of the Swedish Left Party has died at the age of 77 after suffering from heart problems.Sweden’s Left: singing the same old song? (6 Jul 12)
Sjstedt chosen as new Left Party leader (6 Jan 12)
Lars Ohly: Seven years at the helm of Sweden’s Left Party (10 Aug 11)
“I am deeply sorry about Lars Werner’s death and my thoughts are with his family,” said Jonas Sjstedt, current leader of the Left Party.”There are many of us who will miss him. Lars Werner was deeply rooted in the labour movement. He had a warm heart and strong sense of class. A large and loved political figure has left us.”Werner lead the Left Party for nearly two decades, between 1975 and 1993.Sjstedt’s predecessor, Lars Ohly, tweeted on Saturday afternoon: “The Left Party is in mourning. Lars Werner is dead. And I have lost a support and a friend.”CH Hermansson, Left Party leader between 1964 and 1975, also reacted to Werner’s death.”I will miss Lars Werner terribly and am miserable after hearing the news. We worked together for many years to renew the party as a modern left movement. He was always very loyal and reliable,” said Hermansson.It was under Werner’s chairmanship in 1990 that the party changed names from the Communist Left Party (Vnsterpartiet kommunisterna) to the Left Party.When Werner left the leadership post three years later, he was replaced by Gudrun Schyman.Werner died around 5pm on Friday January 11th.
Originally posted here: