From orphanage to power — the rise of Sweden's likely new leader

Social Democratic Party leader Stefan Loefven waves to supporters after his addresses at an election night party in Stockholm on September 14, 2014Sweden’s likely new prime minister, Social Democrat leader Stefan Loefven, may have little experience in national politics but this consensus-seeking trade unionist has overcome bigger obstacles before. Put into an orphanage by his mother as an infant, he has had his critics in his short time as opposition leader. Yet others see the former welder as a man more in touch with “the real Sweden”. “I have other relevant experience from working in industry and from leading a large trade union,” he told AFP just ahead of the vote.

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