On November 29, the Swedish Parliament re-elected the Social Democratic leader as Prime Minister. Anderson had been appointed to the post last week but resigned hours later after one of her coalition partners left government over a budget vote she lost.
Magdalena Andersson, the first woman to hold the post of Prime Minister of the country, was reappointed. In less than a week, by a narrow margin in Parliament, with 101 votes in favor, 173 against and 75 abstentions out of a total of 349 seats.
The former finance minister had been elected to the post on Wednesday, November 24, but resigned only hours later for lack of support after one of her coalition partners left the government after a lost budget vote.
“It feels good and I’m looking forward to getting started,” Andersson said after his appointment.
Barring an unlikely new surprise, his election closes the chaotic Social Democratic transition to power, initially triggered by the departure of Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, who had delivered the post earlier this month, after seven years and less than a year in the past. upcoming legislative elections, scheduled for September 2022.
The leader of the opposition right-wing Moderate Party, Ulf Kristersson, described the incoming administration as a “nine-month interim government” and said it could not achieve much in the run-up to the elections.
In a speech before Parliament, the leader of the Center Party, Annie Loof, stressed that Andersson’s election “means a lot to many girls and women” for having broken a “glass ceiling”. I am proud that (the Center Party) is involved and makes it possible. ”Her party abstained from voting for or against Andersson, paving the way for his election.
The cabinet of the Nordic nation’s new head of government is expected to be officially appointed on Tuesday, November 30, and will be installed after an audience with King Carl XVI Gustav, the monarch of Sweden.
Andersson will lead a minority government
Andersson will form a one-party minority government: his Social Democratic movement which has 100 seats out of the 349 that make up the Swedish Parliament.
“Like all minority governments, we will seek cooperation with other parties in parliament, and I see good opportunities to do so,” said the political leader.
Against this background, Andersson will have to lead one of the weakest governments in Sweden in recent decades. In addition, he will have to govern on a budget formulated in part by three opposition parties, including the Swedish Democrats, an anti-immigrant group whose achievements over the past decade are at the center of the country’s political turmoil.
The former finance minister indicated that she will present the policies of the new administration on Tuesday. However, he has advanced that he has three priorities: well-being, climate and the fight against violence.
Sweden has seen an increase in organized crime activity in recent years and there have been several gang-related shootings in the three main cities: Stockholm, Goteborg and Malmo.
Andersson’s appointment as prime minister marks a milestone for Sweden, considered for decades one of the most progressive countries in Europe and the world when it comes to gender relations, but which did not yet have a woman in the highest political position. of the nation.
With Reuters, AP and EFE