Swedish king wants to let Nobel body members resign

April 18, 2018 - 9:56 am

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's king wants to change the statutes of the Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Literature Prize each year, to allow its life-appointed board members to resign.

Academy head Sara Danius stepped down last week amid turmoil at the academy over the alleged sexual misconduct of a man married to academy board member, Swedish poet Katarina Frostenson.

The latter left the academy when Danius withdrew. A week earlier, three male members had resigned over the academy's vote not to remove Frostenson.

King Carl XVI Gustav — the body's patron who must approve any of its secret votes — said Wednesday "that anyone who no longer wishes to be a member of an association should be able to withdraw."

Members of the 18-seat board now are not technically permitted to leave.

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