Lars Leijonborg

Leijonborg Uncertain About Future

The leader of Sweden’s Liberal Party, Lars Leijonborg, who announced on Monday he will stand down later this year, says he did not want to resign but did not ”have enough support within the party”.

Leijonborg, who has led the Liberals since 1997 and who is also Minister for Education, told a news conference he thought he would be able to stay on, but had ”to make another assessment”.

Lars Leijonborg did not say whether he would also resign from his post as minister, adding that the question is up to his successor.

Prime Minster Fredrik Reinfeldt, leader of the Conservative Moderate party said in a statement that he hoped Leijonborg would stay on in his cabinet. Media reports have mentioned School Minister Jan Bjorklund and Minister for EU Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom as possible candidates to take over as Liberal Party leader.

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