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Sweden’s prime minister has unexpectedly announced that he will step down in three months, plunging the country into fresh political turmoil ahead of elections next year.
Stefan Lofven, who has been in office since 2014, said on Sunday that he would resign as both prime minister and leader of the centre-left Social Democrats at the next party congress in November.
“It’s not easy, but it is right,” Lofven said. “That is the most important. What is right for the party? What is right for the country? What conditions do I give my successor?”
He said he wanted the party to be led by a new leader ahead of elections scheduled for September 2022.
A new prime minister would have to be confirmed by parliament, where the centre-left holds a slender majority in the fragmented and gridlocked assembly.
Magdalena Andersson, finance minister, is considered…