Sep 25, 2018

Sweden's prime minister to step down following no confidence vote

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Photo: Jessica Gow/AFP via Getty Images

Stefan Löfven, Sweden's prime minister since 2014 and leader of the center-left Social Democrats, has been ousted after a no confidence vote in parliament, reports The Local Sweden.

The big picture: After a Sept. 9 election saw the establishment Social Democrats finish with their lowest vote share since World War I, the Swedish government was left in a state of flux, with no party receiving an absolute majority. The turmoil has been exacerbated by the rise of the far-right, anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats, who had their best election performance ever and now wield significant power in parliament. Leaders of the center-right and center-left coalitions have ruled out working with SD, who have roots in neo-Nazism, but the ousting of Löfven has raised more questions about the potential need for cooperation.

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What to watch in tonight's Democratic debate

Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Colorado. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Bernie Sanders is now the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his opponents are ready to try to knock him down at tonight's debate in Charleston, South Carolina — especially Michael Bloomberg, who was the punching bag at the Las Vegas debate.

Why it matters: This is the last debate before Super Tuesday, when Sanders is expected to win California and Texas and could secure an insurmountable lead for the Democratic nomination. That's a direct threat to the entire field, but especially to Bloomberg, who skipped the early states to focus on the March 3 contests.

Bob Iger to step down as CEO of Disney

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The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday that it had named longtime Disney executive Bob Chapek as CEO Bob Iger's successor, effectively immediately. Iger will remain executive chairman of the company through 2021.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully turned around Disney’s animation and studio businesses and with the strategic acquisition of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox. Most recently, he was the person behind Disney's successful launch of its Netflix rival Disney+.

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