Social Democrat MP Magdalena Anderson was elected on Wednesday (24th) as Prime Minister Sweden By Parliament, she will be the first woman to hold the position of Head of Government in the Nordic country.
Andersen was Finance Minister in Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s government, Who resigned on the tenth, after seven years in office, weakened by a political crisis.
The 54-year-old is an economist and former swimmer, and on Tuesday night (23rd), at the end of her term, reached an agreement with the Left Party to be elected (the last support she needs).
Thus, after several days of negotiations, the new prime minister was elected by 117 votes to 174 (57 deputies abstained).
A candidate for prime minister does not need the support of a majority in Parliament to be elected in Sweden. But the majority should not vote against his name (175 votes, more than Anderson’s).
Anderson was elected less than a year after the legislative elections, scheduled for September 2022 and expected to be close.
His challenge will be to keep the Social Democrats in power at a time when the party has the lowest approval rating in history.
The new prime minister has already suffered her first defeat in office on her first day in office.: The Center Party announced, on Wednesday, that it will not support the government budget, due to the agreement announced the previous day with the Left Party.
Now Anderson runs the risk of governing not without his budget – but with that of the right-wing opposition, which has the backing of the far-right.
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