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Sources say Social Democrats will pick new leader after next election

Published fredag 2 december 2016 kl 09.36
Home Affairs Minister Anders Ygeman and Minister for Public Administration Ardalan Shekarabi
Home Affairs Minister Anders Ygeman, left, and Minister for Public Administration Ardalan Shekarabi Credit: Stina Stjernkvist and Jonas Ekströmer / TT.

With less than two years until Sweden's next election, names are already being bandied about who could lead the ruling Social Democrats after 2018's national vote.

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has led the party since 2012 and helped usher in its return to government after 8 years in the opposition. Although he remains popular within the party, reports newspaper Dagens Industri, it is believed 2018 will be his last election as leader of the Social Democrats.

The newspaper, speaking with a number of anonymous senior party officials, writes that a new leader would be chosen either in the spring 2019 or after another year or two if the party wins the election. That timetable was also subject to change depending on global events and the situation in Sweden.

Some potential replacements mentioned were Home Affairs Minister Anders Ygeman and Minister for Public Administration Ardalan Shekarabi. Though both ministers dismiss that they are vying for the position.

Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson were also mentioned as possible names but sources speaking with Dagens Industri didn not believe they were seen as viable candidates.

Sweden's next parliamentary election will be held September 9, 2018.

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