There are 18 prominent center party members from Kiruna in the north to Malmö in the south who, in a debate article in Svenska Dagbladet, put forward the demand that Helena Lindahl become the new party leader.

- She runs a policy and addresses issues that are important to us who live outside the metropolitan areas and that is something we have been missing, says Lars Tängdén, who is a center-party opposition councilor in Robertsfors.

"Glesbygds issues in the center"

The election was a major defeat for the Center and the debaters now want a fresh start for the party.

- This is our chance to get a new focus where we get to pursue our traditional Center policy with sparsely populated areas at the center.

Helena Lindahl also sits in the Riksdag, which is a prerequisite for a party leader, says Lars Tängdén.

SVT Nyheter Västerbotten is looking for Helena Lindahl for comment.