Sweden: Andersson elected Prime Minister
Status: 11/24/2021 11:35 a.m.
That was very close: The Social Democrat Andersson has been elected Prime Minister of Sweden as the successor to her party friend Löfven. But one more no, and your choice would have failed.
The Social Democrat Magdalena Andersson becomes the first Swedish Prime Minister. In parliament, the previous finance minister received wafer-thin support to succeed the resigned Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
The result was extremely close: 174 of the 349 MPs voted against it – 175 no votes would have been necessary for a rejection. In contrast, only 117 MPs voted for Andersson. 57 MPs abstained, one MP was absent.
The majority in the Reichstag has been extremely fragile since the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats gained strength: the previous red-green coalition only has 116 seats in parliament. The Center Party and the Left, who had also waved Löfven through in such a vote in the summer, abstained. Nevertheless, Andersson was able to secure a majority.
Change of power after seven years in Löfven
The 54-year-old succeeds her fellow party member Löfven, who had led a minority government in Sweden for the past seven years. It is expected that Andersson will present the new red-green government on Friday.
Löfven announced in August that he would retire first as head of the party and then as head of government. At the beginning of November, the 64-year-old passed the party chairmanship on to Andersson, before he also submitted his resignation as prime minister two weeks ago. With his withdrawal, Löfven wants to give his successor the opportunity to position himself better before the parliamentary elections in late summer 2022.
Andersson also inherits several problems from him: On the one hand, the corona pandemic, in which Sweden chose a special route with comparatively more relaxed measures, is still far from over in the country. On the other hand, there have been major problems with gang crime in Sweden for a long time.