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Karl Staaff
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11th Prime Minister of Sweden
In office
7 November 1905 – 29 May 1906
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Monarch Oscar II
Preceded by Christian Lundeberg
Succeeded by Arvid Lindman
In office
7 October 1911 – 17 February 1914
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Monarch Gustaf V
Preceded by Arvid Lindman
Succeeded by Hjalmar Hammarskjöld
Personal details
Born (1860-01-21)21 January 1860
Klara, Sweden
Died 4 October 1915(1915-10-04) (aged 55)
Engelbreckt, Sweden
Political party Liberal Coalition Party

Karl Albert Staaff (21 January 1860 – 4 October 1915) was a Swedish liberal politician and lawyer. He was chairman of the Liberal Coalition Party (1907–1915) and served twice as Prime Minister of Sweden (1905–1906 and 1911–1914).

Staaff was active in the Swedish movement for universal suffrage, and as the Liberal party's Prime Minister he presided in 1905 over an attempt to introduce universal and equal voting rights for men. His successor as party leader, Nils Edén, eventually managed to carry this further into universal suffrage in 1918–19, including for women.

In 1914 Staaff stepped down from government in protest, after Conservatives had summoned a farmers' demonstration at the Royal castle's court in Stockholm, where King Gustaf V – who according to the law was supposed to stay out of politics – denounced Staaff's defence policies.

The contemporary Swedish Liberal party The Liberals counts him as the first among the more prominent leaders of Swedish 20th century liberalism, followed by such parliamentarians as Nils Edén, Carl Ekman, Nobel Prize laureate Bertil Ohlin, Gunnar Helén, Per Ahlmark and Bengt Westerberg.

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