Breaking Swedish news: opposition leader steps down one year before general elections

At a press conference this morning, the leader of the Moderate Party, Anna Kinberg Batra, announced that she will step down as party leader following heavy internal criticism as support for the party has plummeted. Yesterday, Swedish news outlets published an opinion poll, showing that only 6% of the Swedish people favoured Anna Kinberg Batra as Sweden’s next Prime Minister, and just under one third of Moderate voters wanted to see her lead the country after the 2018 elections.

Kinberg Batra succeeded former Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt as the first female leader of the Moderate Party. During the press conference, she said that she hoped that her daughter would experience during her lifetime a woman as Prime Minister of Sweden.

The resignation comes one year before Sweden’s general elections. The Moderate Party will now hold an extra party congress, during which the party will decide who will lead the Moderates into the election campaign. Some of the names mentioned in Swedish news to lead the party include Ulf Kristersson, Elisabeth Svantesson, Mikael Odenberg, Hanif Bali, Gunnar Strömmer, Tove Lifvendahl and Carl Bildt. More on that in the next edition of the Monthly Policy Review!

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Jessica Nilsson Williams is the CEO & Founder of Mundus International. She has a long-standing interest in international affairs, having worked in the field for 20 years. She began her career as the political advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, and then worked in the corporate- and NGOs sectors London and Singapore before returning to Stockholm. In 2011 she took up a senior role at the New Zealand Embassy before founding Mundus International in 2012.