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Former EU Commissioner Wallstrom becomes Sweden's new foreign minister

  • Sweden's new Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announces his new government in the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonas Ekstromer, TT News Agency)  SWEDEN OUT

    Sweden's new Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announces his new government in the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonas Ekstromer, TT News Agency) SWEDEN OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Sweden's new Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announces his new government in the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonas Ekstromer, TT News Agency)  SWEDEN OUT

    Sweden's new Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announces his new government in the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonas Ekstromer, TT News Agency) SWEDEN OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Sweden's new Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announces his new government in the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonas Ekstromer, TT News Agency)  SWEDEN OUT

    Sweden's new Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announces his new government in the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonas Ekstromer, TT News Agency) SWEDEN OUT  (The Associated Press)

Former European Commissioner Margot Wallstrom has been named foreign minister in Sweden's new Social Democrat-led government.

Wallstrom, a 60-year-old Social Democrat, is returning to Swedish politics after more than a decade of international assignments as the European Union's environment commissioner and vice president, and as a U.N. special envoy on sexual violence in conflict.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven also selected party colleagues Magdalena Andersson as finance minister and Peter Hultqvist as defense minister when he presented his Cabinet on Friday.

Asa Romson, leader of the Greens, the junior coalition partner, became vice-prime minister and minister for climate and environment.

Lofven is heading a minority government with the Greens and has the support of the small Left Party. The coalition is expected to struggle to push its agenda through Parliament.