New Delhi [India], October 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated Ulf Kristersson, the Moderate party leader, on becoming the next Prime Minister of Sweden. The Prime Minister said he looks forward to working together to strengthen bilateral relations.
“Congratulations to HE Mr. Ulf Kristersson on his election as the next Prime Minister of Sweden. I look forward to working closely together to further strengthen our multi-faceted partnership. @SwedishPM,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
On Monday, Sweden’s Riksdag elected Ulf Kristersson as the country’s new prime minister when 176 Riksdag members, the legislative assembly, voted for him while 173 were against the new prime minister, according to Anadolu Agency.
“It feels great, I am grateful and happy about the trust I have received from the Riksdag and also visibly humbled by the task that lies ahead of us,” said Kristersson at a press conference after the vote.
Kristersson will lead a three-party coalition government with the Moderates, Christian Democrats and Liberals, Anadolu Agency reported.
Outgoing Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, who leads the transitional government, congratulated Kristersson on becoming prime minister in an Instagram post. Andersson said, however: “Before the election, the four right-wing conservative parties promised a lot. But we are already hearing how they are beginning to break their promises to the voters.” After becoming Sweden’s new prime minister, Kristersson made some changes in the government. Jessika Roswall became EU minister, Johan Pehrson became employment and integration minister and Paulina Brandberg became gender equality minister and deputy employment minister in the new government, according to Sweden’s government website.
In response to a question about criticism from his party members about the agreement between three right-wing parties, the new prime minister said he does not see it as a problem.
“I think there is a serious atmosphere in Swedish politics for many different reasons,” he said, adding that he believes the vast majority will focus on doing “as much good as possible” despite differences, according to Anadolu Agency.
The right-wing bloc won a narrow majority in last month’s election over the ruling Social Democratic government and its left-wing bloc by securing 176 seats in a 349-member parliament.
The far-right Sweden Democrats will not be part of the government, but Kristersson said at a press conference last week that “he will cooperate closely with the Sweden Democrats,” Anadolu Agency reported. (ANI)