Head of Sweden's main opposition party quits after poll drop

The head of Sweden's main opposition party has resigned after falling support in opinion polls.

Anna Kinberg Batra, head of liberal Moderates, stepped down Friday, almost a year before Sweden's next general election, planned for Sept. 9.

Critics say her shift to the right in January when she initiated contacts with the populist, anti-immigration Sweden Democrats led to the drop. She stopped short of offering the euroskeptic party, considered a pariah by Sweden's mainstream parties, a place in any future government.

Support for the Moderates dropped to 15.2 percent, according to a recent poll, from 23.3 percent in the 2014 election.

Kinberg Batra took over from Fredrik Reinfeldt, Sweden's prime minister from 2006-2014. A replacement for the 47-year-old Kinberg Batra will be elected at a party congress in October.