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Lofven resigns, paving the way for Sweden’s first female PM

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Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven resigned after seven years in office

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Stefan Lofven resigned as Swedish Prime Minister on Wednesday, paving the way for her replacement as head of the Social Democratic Party to become Sweden’s first female head of government.

Lofven will continue as interim prime minister until a new government is formed, said Parliament Speaker Andreas Norlen. Norlen is expected to ask Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson if she can find support in the 349-seat Riksdag assembly to form a cabinet.

“It has been a fantastic seven years and I am very proud as a young worker to have had the privilege of leading our country during these years,” Lofven said at a press conference.

No timetable for a new Cabinet has been announced. Under the Swedish constitution, prime ministers can govern as long as a parliamentary majority – a minimum of 175 lawmakers – is not against them.

Andersson, 54, was elected leader of the Social Democrats at their ordinary congress on November 4. , Lofven, 64, announced in August that he was stepping down.

Formally, the speaker of parliament will ask party leaders who might be able to form a government.

Lofven, in office since 2014, became the first Swedish prime minister to lose a confidence motion in parliament in June. But the country avoided early elections when it was then able to form a coalition government with the same partners as the previous one.

The Social Democrats currently hold 100 of the 349 seats in Parliament.

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This story corrects Lofven’s age to 64, not 63.

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