Sweden gets first female prime minister
Sweden’s parliament on Wednesday approved Magdalena Andersson as the country’s first female prime minister, tapping the finance minister who recently became the new leader of the Social Democratic party.
Andersson was chosen to replace Stefan Lofven as party leader and prime minister, roles he relinquished earlier this year.
The development marked a milestone for Sweden, viewed for decades as one of Europe’s most progressive countries when it comes to gender relations, but which had yet to have a woman in the top political post.
Lofven’s government describes itself as feminist, putting equality between women and men at the heart of national and international work.
In the 349-seat Riksdag, 117 lawmakers voted yes to Andersson, 174 rejected her appointment while 57 abstained and one lawmaker was absent.
Under the Swedish Constitution, prime ministers can be named and govern as long as a parliamentary majority – a minimum of 175 lawmakers – is not against them.
Lofven has been leading the Swedish government in a caretaker capacity until a new government is formed, something expected Friday.
Andersson likely will form a two-party, minority government with her Social Democrats and the Green Party.