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FACTBOX-Five facts about Sweden's Laila Freivalds
21 Mar 2006 11:06:25 GMT
Source: Reuters
STOCKHOLM, March 21 (Reuters) - The following are five facts about Sweden's Laila Freivalds, who resigned as foreign minister on Tuesday after allegations she acted unconstitutionally in the closure of a website with cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.

- Freivalds, 64, was born in Latvia during World War II and escaped to Sweden with her family.

- She was appointed foreign minister in 2003 to succeed Anna Lindh, who was murdered in a Stockholm department store.

- Hours after the Asian tsunami on Dec. 26, 2004, in which 500 Swedes died, Freivalds went to the theatre. She later said she did not follow the news on her days off and she is being probed by the constitutional committee of parliament over the government's response to the tsunami.

- When a foreign ministry official put pressure on a web hosting company to shut a far-right website showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, Freivalds said she knew nothing. But it was revealed this week that she did know and she was reported to the constitutional committee.

- Freivalds has now resigned twice from Prime Minister Goran Persson's cabinet -- the first time as justice minister in 2000 after revelations of private property dealings that directly contradicted the ruling Social Democrats' housing policy.



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