Sweden elects first female PM for second time after shock resignation

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Magdalena Andersen has been elected as Sweden’s first female prime minister for the second time in a week, after shockingly resigning just hours after she was originally appointed.

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The former finance minister won a similar vote last week, but threw in the towel hours after leaving the government on a budget vote lost by coalition ally the Green Party.

Anderson will now form a minority government consisting only of his party, the Social Democrats, which has 100 seats in the 349-seat parliament and will have to rely on the support of several other parties to implement the policy.

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Since 1979, no government has received such little direct support in Parliament.

Complicating the picture, Andersen will have to rule on a budget prepared by three opposition parties, including the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, whose gains have been at the center of Sweden’s political turmoil over the past decade.

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Their weak grip on power is due to a deadlocked parliament where neither the centre-left nor the centre-right can form a majority on their own.

Anderson served as prime minister for seven hours before stepping down last week after the Greens left the two-party coalition.

His move led to the rejection of his government’s budget proposal in favor of one presented by opposition parties, including the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats, who are rooted in a neo-Nazi movement.

Andersen’s appointment as prime minister is a milestone for Sweden, which for decades has been seen as one of Europe’s most progressive countries when it comes to gender relations, but still holding the top political position. was not a woman.

In a speech in parliament, Center Party leader Anne Loof said that a female prime minister “means a lot to many girls and women, watching this glass ceiling shatter.

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