Swedish PM back home after hospital rush following a visit to Ethiopia

Sweden Prime Minister Stefan Löfven returning home after his short spell in hospital. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Sweden Prime Minister Stefan Löfven returning home after his short spell in hospital. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

(The Local) — UPDATED: Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven was rushed to hospital in Stockholm on Thursday immediately after landing in Sweden following a visit to Ethiopia, but returned home a few hours later.

Stefan Löfven’s press spokesperson confirmed the news that he had been hospitalised to Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet shortly after 10am.

Anne Ekberg initially explained that he had been experiencing acute nausea. But just two hours later she told the TT newswire that the Prime Minister had been discharged.

“He has been investigated and is now on his way home,” she said.

Ekberg explained that the Prime Minister had not become ill during his visit to Africa and had not left Ethiopia early as a result of his sickness. She said that he had only started to feel poorly once his government plane had landed in Stockholm.

Löfven, who heads Sweden’s Social Democrat-Green coalition government, returned home at around 2pm on Thursday afternoon. He gave a quick thumbs-up to reporters as he walked through the doors of his official residence but did not speak.

According to the Embassy of Sweden in Addis Ababa’s Facebook page, Stefan Löfven gave a speech at the third International Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa on Tuesday, which was chaired by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

He focused on the need to crack down on illicit financing in Africa, how women “are key to sustainable growth” and the importance of taking steps towards a green economy.

Malit Woruk, a receptionist at the embassy, told The Local that she had recieved a number of calls from Swedish journalists seeking information about the Prime Minister’s health during his stay in Ethiopia but was unable to comment.
“We have had three, four, then five calls all within one hour. I did not see him and I cannot give any further information,” she said.

Prime Minister Löfven delivers his speech at the FfD Conference

Yesterday, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven spoke at the 3rd International Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa. In his speech, The PM emphasized the need to increase legitimate financial flows and to curb illicit flows. He promised that Sweden will continue to allocate 1 percent if its Gross National Income to Official Development Assistance every year. The Prime Minister then underlined the need to understand that women are key to sustainable growth. Finally he pointed at the importance of taking steps towards a new green economy.

Stefan Löfven, who turns 58 next week, is not known to have a history of nausea.

A former welder, he has been at the helm of the Nordic nation since Sweden’s last general election in September 2014. He has led the Social Democrat party since 2012 having previously been head of one of the country’s most powerful unions, IF Metall.

3 Responses to Swedish PM back home after hospital rush following a visit to Ethiopia

  1. Love-ABO July 17, 2015 at 5:49 am #

    All people have equal value for their life. Under TPLF regime, there are many Citizens of Oromo has been deceased including Oromia national government, the current elected OPDO members. I wish a safe recovery to Sweden Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

    TPLF regime is a risk to all.

  2. Mario July 17, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

    Why did prime minister Stefan Löfven suffered from acute nausea immediately after landing in Sweden following a visit to Ethiopia?

    The answer to this question is either because of the food he ingested while in Ethiopia or due to the many disgusting things (the ugly politics, poverty, etc) he saw during his visitation. Both are known to induce nausea in susceptible individuals. What made his nausea acute is probably is a combination of the two.

    The good thing is, he recovered from his ailment. In the future, may be he will say, “Now I know how it feels to be in Ethiopia and/or Ethiopian!”.

  3. Aba Biya K Warabadi July 19, 2015 at 9:22 am #

    The Swedish PM probablly poisoned bny his tplf/woyane friends. Tplf/woyane never cares for their friends, their aim and agenda is only to destroy Ethiopia once and for all.

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