Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy relieved of his duties

Having been elected Deputy Speaker of the Riksdag, Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy Tobias Billström has been relieved of his duties. Minister for Justice Beatrice Ask is now responsible for migration and asylum policy.

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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Government newsletter: General election on 14 September

The elections to the Riksdag and the municipal and county council assemblies will be held on Sunday 14 September 2014. Elections are the most important means by which citizens can influence politics and at the same time demand accountability for the policies that have been pursued. High voter turnout is a sign of a robust and well-functioning democracy. When more people vote, voter participation is more equal and the election results more accurately reflect citizens' views.

New President of the European Council and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy appointed

The EU heads of state and government have appointed Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk as new President of the European Council and Italy's Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Federica Mogherini as High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The decision was taken at a special summit in Brussels on 30 August.

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