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Swedish deputy premier resigns amid Green Party crisis

  • Joint head of Sweden's Green Party Deputy Prime Minister and Environment Minister  Åsa Romson  smiles during an interview  in Stockholm, Sweden, Monday  May 9, 2016. Romson says she will step down from the government after being ousted as co-leader of the crisis-ridden Green Party. (Maja Suslin /TT  via AP) SWEDEN OUT

    Joint head of Sweden's Green Party Deputy Prime Minister and Environment Minister Åsa Romson smiles during an interview in Stockholm, Sweden, Monday May 9, 2016. Romson says she will step down from the government after being ousted as co-leader of the crisis-ridden Green Party. (Maja Suslin /TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Swedish Education Minister Gustav Fridolin and Aid Minister Isabella Lovin, both of the Green Party  speak during a presser at the Green Party headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Monday  May 9, 2016. Sweden's environment minister and deputy prime minister Asa Romson says she will step down from the government after being ousted as co-leader of the crisis-ridden Green Party. Earlier Monday, the Greens announced that they want aid minister Isabella Lovin to replace Romson as one of the party's two leaders at the party congress beginning Thursday. (Jessica Gow / TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT

    Swedish Education Minister Gustav Fridolin and Aid Minister Isabella Lovin, both of the Green Party speak during a presser at the Green Party headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Monday May 9, 2016. Sweden's environment minister and deputy prime minister Asa Romson says she will step down from the government after being ousted as co-leader of the crisis-ridden Green Party. Earlier Monday, the Greens announced that they want aid minister Isabella Lovin to replace Romson as one of the party's two leaders at the party congress beginning Thursday. (Jessica Gow / TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Joint head of Sweden's Green Party Deputy Prime Minister and Environment Minister  Åsa Romson  smiles during an interview  in Stockholm, Sweden, Monday  May 9, 2016. Romson says she will step down from the government after being ousted as co-leader of the crisis-ridden Green Party. (Maja Suslin /TT  via AP) SWEDEN OUT

    Joint head of Sweden's Green Party Deputy Prime Minister and Environment Minister Åsa Romson smiles during an interview in Stockholm, Sweden, Monday May 9, 2016. Romson says she will step down from the government after being ousted as co-leader of the crisis-ridden Green Party. (Maja Suslin /TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT  (The Associated Press)

Sweden's environment minister and deputy prime minister says she will step down from the government after being ousted as co-leader of the crisis-ridden Green Party.

Asa Romson told Swedish news agency TT on Monday she will resign after the environmental group's party congress this week.

Earlier Monday, the Greens announced that they want aid minister Isabella Lovin to replace Romson as one of the party's two leaders at the party congress beginning Thursday.

Education Minister Gustav Fridolin would remain as the party's other leader.

The move comes as the party grapples with allegations that it has been infiltrated by Islamists. The crisis started three weeks when another Green Party member, Mehmet Kaplan, resigned as Housing Minister after Swedish media reported on alleged links to extremists in his native Turkey.