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Magdalena Andersen elected prime minister in Sweden: she is the first woman to rule the country

U.S.A.Magdalena Andersen elected prime minister in Sweden: she is...

Magdalena Andersen, the new Prime Minister of Sweden. (Sweden government)

Swedish Parliament elected this Wednesday Prime Minister of the Social Democrats Magdalena Andersonwho will lead the minority red-green government instead of , stephen lofven, who resigned as prime minister on 10 November in a long-awaited move to give room to his successor to prepare for the September 2022 general elections.

anderson, First woman to rule Sweden, got 117 votes in favour, 174 against and 57 votes abstain, thus fulfilling the condition established in the Swedish system to be elected prime minister: the absence of a majority of the House against it, set at 175 seats. In the Swedish system, the prime ministerial candidate does not need to have a majority in favor of parliament, only to avoid a majority against him out of 349 MPs.

Anderson, who took over the leadership of the Social Democratic Party in November, He will formally assume his office on Friday after a meeting with King Carlos XVI Gustavo.

    Björn Larsson Roswal / TT News Agency / via Reuters / Photo archive
Björn Larsson Roswal / TT News Agency / via Reuters / Photo archive

The party is touching its all-time low of support and is under threat from moderate conservatives, who recently approached the anti-immigration party of the Sweden Democrats.

The 54-year-old Social Democratic leader and economist, who last night struck a deal with the Socialists that allowed him to secure elections, Hours later, he will face another vote in the House on the next budget in which he is not guaranteed a majority and which could force him to rule with a right-wing opposition.

“We have reached an agreement to strengthen the income of the poorest pensioners”Anderson told SVT public television after the deal.

In turn, in statements made to Swedish public radio, the leader of the Left Party, Nushi Ddgostar, confirmed, “We’re not going to block Anderson.”

Swedish Finance Minister Magdalena Andersen is greeted by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven after being elected party leader of the Social Democratic Party at the party congress in Gothenburg, Sweden, on November 4, 2021.  Björn Larsson Roswal / TT News Agency / via Reuters
Swedish Finance Minister Magdalena Andersen is greeted by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven after being elected party leader of the Social Democratic Party at the party congress in Gothenburg, Sweden, on November 4, 2021. Björn Larsson Roswal / TT News Agency / via Reuters

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Although Sweden has long been considered a benchmark in gender equality, unlike the rest of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland), there has never been a woman at the head of government.

After taking the lead from the Social Democrats, the former junior swimming champion, often described as a “pragmatist” and a “tech bureaucrat”, set three political priorities.

was the first “Again democratic control over schools, health and elderly care” and move the welfare sector away from privatization.

Magdalena Andersen wants Sweden to be a model for climate change.  Adam Ihse / TT News Agency / File photo via Reuters
Magdalena Andersen wants Sweden to be a model for climate change. Adam Ihse / TT News Agency / File photo via Reuters

He also advocated Make Sweden a climate change model.

And in the end, he bet End separation, firing and explosion Which has plagued the country in recent years, often due to rivalries between drug gangs or groups.

The violence has particularly affected disadvantaged neighborhoods with large immigrant populations, but has spread to other areas.

In 2020, 47 people were killed in 366 shootings in this country of 10.3 million people, according to official figures. There were also 107 explosions and 102 attempts.

    Adam Ihse / TT News Agency via Reuters
Adam Ihse / TT News Agency via Reuters

Crime and immigration were featured as major issues in the election.

Lund University political analyst Anders Sanerstedt predicted “tight race”, Furthermore, he did not expect “major changes” in government policy after Anderson took office.

(with information from EFE and AFP)

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