Sweden elects its prime minister

Andersson, 54, replaces Stefan Löfven, who recently resigned as the country’s prime minister and as the leader of the Social Democratic party.

All the other Nordic countries (Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland) have previously elected women national leaders.

As prime minister, Andersson has been preceded by 33 men. She previously worked as deputy general manager of the Swedish Tax Agency, according to her CV in the Swedish government website.

She has an MA in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics and has served as Sweden’s Minister of Finance since 2014.

She is also the second woman to head the center-left Social Democratic party, according to Sweden’s Twitter account.

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde was one of the first to congratulate Andersson and commented on Twitter that “there is no doubt” that she “will continue to be extraordinary.”

It already faces great obstacles

Andersson won parliamentary approval after reaching a last-minute deal with the former Communist Left Party, but his grip on power is tenuous due to the Fragmented political landscape of the Nordic country.

His predecessor, Löfven, ruled by performing a complex juggling act to secure the support of the left and center parties in parliament, even though they are not part of the coalition government.

Andersson was Finance Minister prior to her appointment as Prime Minister.

But the Center Party is concerned about the deal with the Left Party and has said it will not back the Andersson government in a vote on a finance bill proposed by three opposition parties that could take place at 10: 00 am ET on Wednesday.

“We cannot support a budget for a government that is moving to the left, which we believe the incoming government is doing,” Center Party leader Annie Loof told reporters.

Andersson now faces the prospect of ruling over spending priorities determined by the center-right.

Löfven, who resigned earlier this month to give Andersson a chance to increase support for the party before a general election in September next year, said he would not continue if he lost the budget vote.

Even if he manages to consolidate his power base and negotiate the budget crisis, Andersson faces significant challenges.

Gang violence and shootings ruin life in many suburbs of the capital Stockholm and other major cities.

The Covid-19 pandemic exposed the gaps in the much-acclaimed welfare state with the death rate in Sweden much higher than in neighboring Nordic countries and the government needs to accelerate the shift to a “green” economy if it wants to cope with the climate change. goals.


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