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Friday 9 December 2016

Sweden's education minister quits over drink-driving charge

Published 13/08/2016 | 11:26

Aida Hadzialic was caught drink-driving on Thursday evening by police in the southern Swedish city of Malmo
Aida Hadzialic was caught drink-driving on Thursday evening by police in the southern Swedish city of Malmo

Sweden's minister for higher education has resigned after being caught drink-driving.

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Aida Hadzialic told a news conference on Saturday that she was stopped on Thursday evening by police in the southern Swedish city of Malmo with a blood-alcohol level of .02 after having two glasses of wine.

She faces a sentence of up to six months in prison.

The 29-year-old told Prime Minister Stefan Lofven about "my life's biggest mistake" and decided to step down.

Born in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ms Hadzialic became Sweden's first Muslim minister when she joined Lofven's government in 2014. She came to Sweden at the age of five.

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