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King marks start of new government

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14:59 CEST+02:00
Sweden's new government formally took power on Friday just after midday at a meeting of the Cabinet Council at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

Following Fredrik Reinfeldt's speech to parliament on Friday morning, the new prime minister and his ministers walked to the palace for a formal Cabinet Council chaired by King Carl XVI Gustaf in the palace's Council Room.

The meeting started with speaker Per Westerberg explaining to the monarch that Göran Persson had asked to be relieved of his position, and that after conversations with Alliance leaders he was satisfied that they were prepared to form a government.

With that, the king declared that the new government had taken office, thereby formally ending Göran Persson's decade-long rule of Sweden.

The king and Crown Princess Victoria then shook hands with the new cabinet members, reported Expressen. Following the meeting, the new ministers had lunch with the king, before going out onto Lejonbacken for photographs at 2pm.

Civil servants were then reportedly on hand to escort the ministers to their new offices.

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