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Euro referendum will not be cancelled

Swedish authorities have decided to go ahead with the popular vote regarding the European Union Monetary Union scheduled for Sunday despite of the murder of Foreign Minister Anna Lindh.

The statement was made by Prime Minister Göran Persson at a press conference just before noon Thursday.

“We feel that it is important to maintain the democracy in this situation,” said Persson after meeting with other party leaders earlier in the day.

Foreign Minister Anna Lindh died Thursday morning of the injuries she suffered after she was stabbed Wednesday afternoon. Lindh was one of the most important supporters in the campaign for the European Monetary Union in Sweden.

The Swedes are voting on whether or not the country will become a member of the European Monetary Union and instate the euro as currency in stead of the Swedish krone.

“We will respect the result of the referendum,” Persson said.

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