The Sweden Democrats lose one seat in the Riksdag when the Member of Parliament William Petzäll becomes a political maverick. The 23 year old Petzäll has decided to leave his party because of his own problems with alcohol and drugs. He has come out with this information in an interview with Expressen. He has not spoken with the party leadership of the Sweden Democrats.
This has evoked strong reactions from the Sweden Democrats since Petzäll has earlier promised to leave his seat in the Riksdag if he ever drinks one beer again. Petzäll took a time-out from politics in February after a scandal when he was aprehended by the police, seriously drunk and affected by drugs. Now one MP from the Sweden Democrats claims that Petzäll has demanded money from the party for leaving his post. This is not confirmed but has sparked an internal quarrel within the party on how to treat Petzäll.