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.
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.”
Wellbeing, Climate and Crime
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.
He also advocated Make Sweden a climate change model.
The violence has particularly affected disadvantaged neighborhoods with large immigrant populations, but has spread to other areas.
Crime and immigration were featured as major issues in the election.
(with information from EFE and AFP)