Swedish PM Lofven to step down in Nov

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Sweden s beleaguered Social Democratic Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said Sunday he would step down in November to allow a successor time to prepare for the country s September 2022 general election.

Lofven, who was reinstated as prime minister by parliament in early July just weeks after being ousted in a historic vote of no confidence, told a political rally he would “leave my position as party chairman at the party s congress in November and thereafter also resign as prime minister.”

Lofven, 64, has served as party leader for almost 10 years and as prime minister since 2014.

“Everything has an end and I want to give my successor the best possible chances,” he said. —AFP

 

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