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Prime Minister Reinfeldt files for divorce

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Prime Minister Reinfeldt files for divorce
16:16 CEST+02:00
Fredrik Reinfeldt filed a formal divorce application on Wednesday at the Stockholm District Court, seeking to ending what had been a 20 year marriage with his wife Filippa.

Reinfeldt's press secretary Roberta Alenius announced on March 7th that the pair would split, but it wasn't until Wednesday that the pair made the official application for divorce.

However, both Mr. and Mrs. Reinfeldt remained tight lipped about the filing.

“I will not comment on Filippa Reinfeldt's private life,” said her press secretary Gustaf Stenlund to the Expressen newspaper.

“I have no other comments than those in the press statement,” said the prime minister's press spokesperson, Markus Friberg, to the paper.

As the Reinfeldts have been apart for six months, they must now confirm that they really do intend to separate and a ruling will follow.

However, the divorce proceedings have been a low-key affair.

During the political week of Almedalen on Gotland last week, the pair was both on the scene and Filippa was even seen cheering for the prime minister, according to Expressen.

“Fredrik provided good and clear content in what we stand for with a modern Labor party,” she told the paper at the time.

Both Reinfeldts have successful political careers.

Fredrik Reinfeldt has since 2006 headed Sweden's centre-right coalition government, which is made up from his own Moderate Party, the Centre Party, the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) and the Christian Democrats.

Filippa Reinfeldt has held the post of Stockholm county council chair since 2006.

The couple, who has three children, got married in 1992 and lived in Täby until the 2006 election.

When Fredrik Reinfeldt was made prime minister the couple moved to the official residence Sagerska Palatset in central Stockholm.

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