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Deputy Pm Quits Over Credit Scandal

Sat., Nov. 11, 1995

Mona Sahlin - the politician set to become the next leader of Sweden - resigned Friday in the wake of a credit-card scandal.

Sahlin said she was quitting her position as deputy prime minister next Thursday and withdrawing as a candidate for leader of the ruling Social Democratic Party.

Sahlin, 38, was the top candidate to replace Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson and would have become the country’s first female leader.

A newspaper reported that Sahlin had used a government credit card to make hundreds of dollars of personal purchases, including a vacation rental car, and chocolate and diapers for her children.

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