Sweden’s Parliament Approves Country’s First Female Prime Minister.

Written by on November 25, 2021

Swedish MPs have voted to make Magdalena Andersson the country’s first female prime minister. After series of negotiations that lasted for days, the Social Democrat leader secured the support she needed in parliament on Wednesday morning, 24th of November, 2021.

An agreement was reached on Tuesday evening with the Left Party, which was demanding a pension increase in order to secure their support.

Andersson, the current finance minister, had been set to replace Stefan Löfven as PM but until Tuesday had failed to secure enough support among MPs.

Magdalena Andersson
Frankie Fouganthin, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

Last week Andersson asked for more time to secure the support of the Left Party after intensive talks reached an impasse, she was then given until Monday this week to find enough backing in the 349-seat Riksdag parliament.

She needed to secure the backing of the two smaller parties that supported Sweden’s previous centre-left, minority government led by Löfven.

Her other ally, the Center Party, has already said its lawmakers will vote for her.

Under the Swedish Constitution, prime ministers can govern as long as a parliamentary majority — a minimum of 175 lawmakers — is not against them.


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