Magdalena Andersson is elected as Sweden’s first female prime minister
The Swedish parliament has elected Magdalena Andersson, the leader of the Social Democrats, as the country’s first female prime minister.
During a confirmation vote in parliament on Wednesday, the 54-year-old took over as head of the ruling Social Democrats earlier this month, was elected as outgoing leader Stefan Lofven’s successor. Andersson is presently Sweden’s finance minister. Following a meeting with King Carl XVI Gustaf on Friday, she will formally take over as prime minister.
Andersson was appointed after striking a last-minute deal with the Left Party on Tuesday, garnering crucial support in exchange for a promise to increase pensions. After the arrangement was revealed.
The Greens, the Social Democrats’ coalition partner in government, had already backed Andersson. Following Lofven’s decision to step aside earlier, the Centre Party announced it would not obstruct her from taking over. It could risk allowing an alternative right-wing government to rise.