Sweden Muslim minister Aida Hadzialic resigns over drink-driving

Stockholm: Swedish politician and a member of the Social Democrats, Aida Hadzialic who was caught driving under the influence of alcohol have announced her resignation today.

According to media reports, the Sweden’s youngest minister for higher education Hadzialic on Saturday drank two glasses of wine before being stopped on the bridge linking Denmark and Sweden.

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The 29-year-old minister came to the country at the age of five in 1992 as a refugee from Bosnia with her parents fleeing the war in the Balkans.

Aida faces a possible term of up to six months in prison after police detected a blood alcohol level of 0.2 gm per litre.

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Hadzialic said, “That was the biggest mistake of my life… I will take responsibility. I announce my intention to resign from my ministerial post.”

She further added, “I understand that a lot of people are disappointed. And I am angry with myself, and certainly I deeply regret it.”

Hadzialic said she had drunk one glass of sparkling wine and one of red wine after a night out in Copenhagen.

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Four hours later, she set off for Sweden’s southern city of Malmo, believing that would have been enough time for her body to get rid of the alcohol.

In 2014, at 27, she became the youngest ever cabinet minister in Sweden’s history.

Sweden is one of several European countries which have low alcohol limits for drivers.

 

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