Axén Olin’s term in office has been troubled by problems with stress-related illness and substance abuse – not, as far as I can tell, in a way which has affected her public appearances, but enough to cause her problems personally and professionally. The resignation still came unexpectedly to observers.
For the Conservatives, one problem will be to find a suitable successor who will also be able to connect with voters in Stockholm as well as Axén Olin did. The city council of Stockholm is a big prize, also in national Swedish politics. (For a comment in Swedish, see Henrik Brors in DN)
- Or to be more precise: Finansborgerråd and Chairman of the Board of the City Council [↩]