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Sweden's youngest MP to quit politics

Published torsdag 25 juli 2013 kl 16.28
Anton Abele outside the Swedish Parliament. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/Scanpix.

Sweden's youngest ever member of parliament, Anton Abele, has announced he is to leave politics.

Speaking during an interview on Swedish Radio, Abele also delivered a stinging attack on the climate that he says exists in the Swedish parliament.

Abele called for a more empathic and positive culture in politics, describing politicians' tendency to look for faults and flaws in their opponents as a "loser attitude".

He also criticised the fact that of the 3,000 motions tabled by MPs every year, 99.5 per cent of them are rejected.

Abele said he planned to leave parliament at the next general election, due to be held next year.

He became an MP for the centre-right Moderate Party, at the previous election in 2010, when he was just 18 years old. He rose to prominence as the leading figure in an online movement against street violence following the death of a teenager in Stockholm.

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