Sweden’s first female prime minister presents her government

Copenhagen, Denmark. (AP) – Sweden’s first female prime minister, Magdalena Andersson, presented her one-party-center-left-minority government on Tuesday with only a few changes compared to the previous government.

Andersson, who has been Sweden’s Minister of Finance, chose Mikael Damberg to replace her in that role. Damberg had previously been Minister of the Interior.

Andersson, the leader of the Social Democratic Party, was re-elected on Monday as head of government of the Scandinavian nation. She resigned last week after spending just seven hours as prime minister because a budget defeat forced her then-coalition partner, the Greens, to leave her two-party coalition.

The move followed her government’s budget proposal being rejected in favor of one put forward by opposition parties, including the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats, which are rooted in a neo-Nazi movement.

On Monday, Andersson was appointed prime minister despite 101 legislators voting in favor of her appointment and 173 against, with 75 abstentions. According to the Swedish constitution, prime ministers can govern as long as a parliamentary majority – at least 175 legislators – do not oppose them.

Andersson retained Ann Linde as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Peter Hultqvist as Minister of Defense.

The Greens had held the Ministries of the Environment and Culture in the previous government. The Social Democrats Annika Strandhall and Jeanette Gustafsdotter took over the two posts.

Andersson has replaced Stefan Lofven as party leader and prime minister, roles he left earlier this year. She was formally installed after an audience with King Carl XVI Gustav at a ceremony on Tuesday at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, where the heir to the throne, Crown Princess Victoria, also participated.

Lofven, who had led the Swedish government as caretaker, resigned earlier in the day.

Sweden’s next parliamentary election is scheduled for 11 September.

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Source: sn.dk


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