Wallström New UN Special Envoy

Sweden's outgoing EU Commissioner, Margot Wallström, has been appointed as UN's Special Representative to "intensify efforts to end sexual violence against women and children in conflict areas".

The UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon announced the news at a summit with the African Union in Addis Abeba on Sunday.

The post is new and relates to the UN resolution 1820 regarding sexual violence in war.

Wallström is one of the most popular politicians in the Swedish Social Democrats, and in fact in Sweden. An opinion poll in the beginning of January, put her as a clear favourite to be the country's next prime minister - ahead of the conservative current prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, and ahead of the leader of the Social Democratic party, Mona Sahlin.

Wallström herself, however, has always said she will not go back to politics in Sweden after finishing her job at the European Commission in just over a week's time. How the new job affects her contribution to the upcoming election campaign is not clear. Wallström has said she will want to contribute, but more take on a background role.

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