Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström to quit government

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, a high-profile politician who launched the government’s feminist foreign policy, is stepping down.

A statement published by the government said Wallström had informed Prime Minister Stefan Löfven about her decision to quit as minister.”For five years I have wholeheartedly devoted myself to promoting Sweden’s security and prosperity in the world. To face the big challenges of our time, in cooperation with others,” said Wallström. “I now want to spend more time with my husband, my children and my grandchildren.”

An exact date for Wallström’s departure has not been set, but she told the Dagens Nyheternewspaper that it would happen in the near future.

Born in Skellefteå in northern Sweden in 1954, Wallström was elected to parliament for the centre-left Social Democrats at the age of 25.