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Lena Hallengren speaks at a press conference presenting her as Sweden's newest minister.
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Lena Hallengren speaks at a press conference presenting her as Sweden's newest minister. Credit: Pontus Lundahl/TT
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File photo of Lena Hallengren (Social Democrat) speaking during the political week of Almedalen, as the chair of the education committee in Parliament. Credit: Henrik Montgomery/ TT
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Kalmar MP to take over as Equality Minister

Published torsdag 8 mars kl 16.02

After the news that Åsa Regnér would be leaving her ministerial post in order to work for the United Nations, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven announced Lena Hallengren as Regnér's successor at a press conference on Thursday.

The Social Democrat MP representing Kalmar and serving as chair of the education committee in Parliament, Hallengren will take over as Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality.

Of all the areas that her portfolio includes, she points to issues facing the elderly as possibly the most important – issues she feels deserve more attention.

"Far too many people are worried about getting old," Hallengren said.

Hallengren has served as a minister before. From 2002 until 2006, she served in Göran Persson's government as a minister dealing with issues concerning preschool and youth, as well as adult education.


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