The Swedish parliament (Riksdag) has approved Magdalena Andersson as the country’s new Prime Minister. She will be the first woman in the post.
The 54-year-old politician was approved with the support of the governing parties, the Social Democrats and the Green Party, while the Center Party and the Left Party abstained. Amineh Kakabaveh also voted in favor of Andersson as prime minister.
Andersson was elected as the Social Democrats’ party leader in early November. For the past seven years, she has been Sweden’s Minister of Finance and been one of Stefan Löfven’s closest partners.
The Left Party agreed to give passive support to Andersson after an agreement on Tuesday night, where they increased the minimum pension by 1,000 kroner each month.
The decision led to immediate difficulties in the Riksdag. On Wednesday morning, the Center Party’s leader Annie Lööf announced that they would not support the government’s state budget because the Left Party had gained too much influence.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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