Stefan Löfven to Resign as Swedish Prime Minister in November

Stefan Löfven announced on Aug. 22 that he will step down as Swedish prime minister and as the leader of the Social Democratic party in November.

“I have been party chairman for 10 years, prime minister for seven. But everything has an end. I want to give my successor the very best conditions,” Löfven said during his annual summer speech.

It has not been immediately made clear who would replace Löfven. Some political commentators speculate Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson as a possible candidate.

Löfven’s unexpected announcement came just before the general election on Sept. 11, 2022. 

The announcement also comes after parliament reappointed Löfven as prime minister in early July after being removed in a historic no-confidence vote.

Löfven described his resignation as “not easy, but right.”

Löfven first came to power in October 2014 and has been the leader of Social Democratic party, which is the largest political party in Sweden as it holds 100 of the 349 seats in parliament, since 2012.


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