Swedish PM Stefan Lofven to step down in November

Stockholm: 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 was reinstated as prime minister by parliament in early July just weeks after being ousted in a historic vote of no confidence.

He told a political rally on Sunday 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.

The former welder and union leader has led a weak minority government together with the Greens Party for the past three years, struggling to find a workable coalition following inconclusive elections in September 2018. – AFP