Sweden’s first female Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson returns to work just days after she resigned
After a bumpy start, Sweden once again has its first female prime minister, with Magdalena Andersson re-elected as the Nordic nation’s head of government.
Andersson will now form a one-party minority government after her coalition collapsed last week
She will have to govern on a budget formulated in part by three opposition parties
Sweden has never had a female leader despite being among the most progressive nations when it comes to gender relations
Andersson had resigned just seven hours after being elected prime minister last week.
But in a vote of 101–173 with 75 abstentions, the Riksdag again elected the Social Democrats’ leader Andersson to the role of Prime Minister with 349 seats.
According to the Swedish constitution, prime ministers can be appointed and govern as long as a parliamentary majority – at least 175 legislators – is not against them.
She will this time form a one-party minority government and is expected to appoint her cabinet on Tuesday.
Andersson resigned as prime minister last week after the Green Party left its governing coalition.
The Greens went out after her government’s budget proposal was rejected, and a budget was accepted by opposition parties – the opposition includes the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats, who are rooted in a neo-Nazi movement.
“We wanted power to pursue green politics,” Green leader Marta Stenevi told a news conference last week.
“It is not the task of the Green Party in politics to implement a budget that has been negotiated with the Sweden Democrats.”
A small budget
Andersson’s appointment as Prime Minister was a milestone for Sweden, which for decades was considered one of Europe’s most progressive countries in terms of gender relations, but which did not yet have a woman in the highest political position.
Andersson will now have to govern on a budget that has been formulated in part by three opposition parties, including the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats, whose success over the past decade is at the heart of Sweden’s political turbulence.
Her weak grip on power is due to a locked parliament where neither the center-left nor the center-right can form a majority on their own.
An election in September next year may not provide any further clarity as surveys show little change in the overall political balance.
AP / Reuters