Permanent Secretary Sara Danius speaking to reporters outside the Academy's offices.
Sara Danius has held the post of Permanent Secretary since 2015. Credit: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Head of Swedish Academy steps down

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Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, was ousted Thursday evening from her post as part of a row over how the board should handle a sexual abuse and financial scandal.

Danius said she would have liked to continue in her role, but added that "there are other things to do in life."

"It was the wish of the Academy that I should leave my position as Permanent Secretary," Danius told reporters late Thursday. "I have made this decision with immediate effect."

Danius has held the post of Permanent Secretary since 2015 and was the first women to lead the board.

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