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Swedish Leader May Be Sunk by Kurd Lawmaker Who Irks Turkey

  • Prime minister vows to quit if minister ousted by parliament
  • Swedish NATO entry bid has been vetoed by Turkey over Kurds
Amineh Kakabaveh in Stockholm on, June 2.
Amineh Kakabaveh in Stockholm on, June 2.Photographer: Mikael Sjoberg/Bloomberg
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Sweden’s prime minister may next week have to put her fate in the hands of a Kurdish-born lawmaker who has drawn the ire of Turkey, just as the Nordic country is seeking to overcome the veto of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to its bid for membership of the NATO defense bloc.

Magdalena Andersson said on Thursday she will resign if her Justice Minister Morgan Johansson loses a confidence vote brought by the opposition in parliament, due on June 7. The motion needs one extra vote to pass, putting the spotlight on Amineh Kakabaveh, a non-affiliated member of legislature with Kurdish background.