Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh died from multiple stab wounds today. The Associated Press reports that Lindh was thought to be a potential successor to the current Prime Minister, Goeran Persson, in a country that has never had a female prime minister in its history.
Swedish police did not think her killing was politically motivated, even though the attack came three days before the Swedes vote on a referendum to adopt the Euro as its currency, AP reports. Lindh was a supporter of Sweden adopting the Euro as its common currency.
According to the New York Times, Lindh was a very powerful figure in Sweden’s Social Democrat Party. In her career, Lindh had served as environmental minister and was a member of the Riksdag (the Swedish Parliament) from 1982-1985.