Sweden’s first female prime minister reappointed after resignation

Copenhagen, Nov 29 (EFE).- Social Democrat Magdalena Andersson was reappointed as Sweden’s prime minister after winning a narrow margin in a new vote on Monday.

Andersson became the first female prime minister of Sweden last week but resigned just hours after being appointed when her coalition partner, the Greens, left the government after the proposed national budget failed to get parliamentary approval.

In Monday’s vote, the Social Democrat received 101 votes in favor, 173 against and 75 abstentions.

To be elected as prime minister in Sweden, a candidate must avoid a majority vote against them, which would be 175 seats in parliament.

“We have a long tradition of collaborating (with other parties) and we are ready to do what is necessary to bring Sweden forward,” Andersson said, who will govern with only 25% of seats in parliament.

In June, her predecessor Stefan Löfven became the first incumbent Swedish head of government to lose a no-confidence motion that was tabled by the Socialists in a protest against a centrist-driven rent reform that was later withdrawn. He was re-elected a couple of weeks later.

Löfven made a surprise announcement in August that he would be stepping down from his post to pave the way for his successor. EFE


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