Sweden confirms Magdalena Andersson as first female prime minister

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Sweden has officially got its first female prime minister.

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On Wednesday morning, parliament approved Magdalena Anderson as the country’s first female leader after she recently became the head of the ruling Social Democratic Party.

Anderson was the first finance minister.

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The appointment is a notable milestone for Sweden, which has long been viewed as one of Europe’s most progressive countries when it comes to gender relations, but did not yet have a woman in the top political position. .

In a speech to parliament, Aminah Kakabawe, an independent MP who supported Andersen, said Sweden is currently celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Scandinavian country’s decision to introduce universal and equal suffrage.

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“If women are only allowed to vote, but are never elected to the highest office, then democracy is not complete,” Kakabawe said.

“There is something symbolic in this decision,” she said.

Anderson will likely form a two-party, minority government with his own party and the Greens.

The 54-year-old sought to secure the support of two smaller parties that supported Sweden’s previous centre-left, minority government – ​​the Left Party and the Center Party.

However, both avoided voting against Anderson.

Despite this being his first day in charge, he faced threats to call for his immediate resignation.

However, the new prime minister said he was ready to lead the country even if parliament rejected the government’s budget earlier in the day in favor of an opposition bill.

“I believe this (opposition budget) overall is something I can live with,” Anderson told reporters at a news conference.

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