Sweden’s first-ever woman PM voted back in days after resigning — Analysis

Magdalena Andersson, the prime minister of Sweden has been reelected by the Swedish Parliament. Last week, she resigned the position the same day she assumed it and became the first-ever female head of her country’s government.

Andersson was a former finance minister who quit the party just seven hours following her election. Following the failure of the minority coalition to pass a new budget, as well as its acceptance of a different variant by right-wing groups, she announced her decision.

She was able to return Monday to the head of a smaller minority government that is only formed by the Swedish Social Democratic Party. It has been her leadership since November. It has 100 seats – less than a third of the total 349 seats in the parliament.

Her candidacy was supported and rejected by 101 legislators, but it was approved. The law in Sweden allows the speaker to nominate the PM for up to four times. A second nomination requires an absolute majority of 175 votes to deny the candidate.

Sweden is the only Nordic nation to have elected a woman head of government. Since 2014, the country has rotated three different cabinets led by Andersson’s predecessor, Stefan Löfven. In July, the latest cabinet was elected and then automatically disqualified when Stefan Lofven, Andersson’s predecessor, resigned in November. A new general election is scheduled for September 2022 and is expected to determine Sweden’s course on contentious issues such as immigration.



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