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The Prime Minister has requested to be relieved of his duties

Elections to the Riksdag and the municipal and county council assemblies were held on Sunday 14 September 2014. On Monday 15 September, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt visited the Speaker of the Riksdag and requested to be relieved of his duties.

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Interviews with ambassadors

Andreas von Beckerath, Björn Lyrvall, Ambassador to the United States, and Annika Ben David, Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, were interviewed in connection with the Meeting of Swedish Ambassadors about their posts and the challenges they face.

Nato meeting Photo: NATO

Bildt attends meeting on help for Afghanistan

Sweden is represented at the NATO summit in Newport, United Kingdom, on 4-5 September. This is because of Sweden's partnership with NATO. In addition to Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt and Minister for Defence Karin Enström, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Sverker Göransson is also present.

Global internet conference

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a global conference organised by the United Nations to discuss all aspects of the internet, is under way this week. The IGF is also completely open to participation from civil society and the business sector. Sweden is represented by participants from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications among others.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Ambassador for Democracy Maria Leissner UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Ambassador for Democracy Maria Leissner. Photo: Community of Democracies

"We are needed more than ever"

Swedish Ambassador Maria Leissner heads the Community of Democracies (CD), a coalition of more than one hundred democratic states. As Secretary-General, Ms Leissner has endeavoured to make the Community of Democracies more welcoming towards newly emergent democracies, to get rid of the western dominance that previously prevailed and to anchor the mandate more directly in the member countries' foreign ministries. In the years ahead, Ms Leissner wants to further strengthen attendance at the organisation's meetings in New York and Geneva and at the same time attract more states to join.

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