STOCKHOLM, 24 November (Xinhua) – On Wednesday, the Swedish Parliament elected Magdalena Andersson as the country’s new Prime Minister, the first female Prime Minister in Sweden’s history.
Less than half of the members of the Riksdag voted against Andersson and thus made her the country’s new prime minister.
According to Sweden’s system of negative parliamentarism, a prime ministerial candidate does not need a majority to vote for him or her, as long as the majority does not vote against.
With the Center Party and the Left Party abstaining, 174 members voted against Andersson out of 349 votes cast.
At a press conference in the Riksdag, Andersson said that she “can live with” the opposition’s budget proposal if it were to go through this afternoon.
Andersson will present his government on Friday.
Andersson had previously listed several priorities, including moving away from the privatization of the welfare sector, strengthening green policies and social inclusion.
Sweden’s next general election is scheduled for September 2022, which gives Andersson less than ten months to prepare for the race.