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Equality Minister Nyamko Sabuni steps down

Published: 21 Jan 2013 06:48 GMT+01:00

The 43-year-old politician and minister since 2006 made the announcement via a statement early on Monday morning.

"I decided long ago that I wouldn't run for the Riksdag in the 2014 election, and have therefore realized that I should give a successor enough time to get into the job in good time for the election," she wrote, according to the TT news agency.

"I'm truly grateful for all the support I've had from so many people during my years as minister. I'm grateful for the trust to be a minister as firstly Lars Leijonborg and then Jan Björklund has shown me."

"I'm especially proud of the establishment reforms, a coherent anti-discrimination legislation, the battle against violence toward women and the fight against honour violence," she said.

Liberal Party leader Jan Björklund regretted the party's loss.

"Nyamko Sabuni has been a fearless politician who has dared to speak her heart, not least in the frequently arising integration questions. She has left a clear impression on integration and equality in Sweden," he said.

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Your comments about this article

08:23 January 21, 2013 by jostein
Lifetime pension ho!
09:44 January 21, 2013 by johan rebel
That's one of the weirder excuses I've heard.. Then again, she's a politician . . . .
11:38 January 21, 2013 by Rishonim
Bad move! We all know how hard it is for people with foreign sounding names to find work in Sweden ;-)
11:51 January 21, 2013 by snowtiger
Oh, what about all those proposes for the affirmative action for women in the boardrooms?
13:22 January 21, 2013 by Jes
African immigrants , especially from Brundi , Kongo and Rwanda are not going to miss you Sabuni . You did nothing when some of the asylum-seekers from this region suffered a lot of abuse while they were being deported . You forgot that you and your family lived in Burundi as refugees when it become too dangerous in Kongo . Thank God than a few Swedes stepped forward o help these people by doing what you failed or refused to do .ie . show some kind od solidarity
14:06 January 21, 2013 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
new word for today : "entledigats"..meraning removed or dismissed. Coming to a board room position near you soon ?
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