Magdalena Andersson was the new Prime Minister of Sweden today. It was the first time a woman held that position. In parliament, with the smallest possible difference, her appointment had been given the green light, but a few hours later she stopped again after the Green Environmental Party had stepped out of the coalition.
After her appointment, Andersson was immediately commissioned today to guide the government budget through parliament. That didnt work. Parliament opted for a counterbudget drawn up by three opposition parties.
Anderson had already said in advance that she could live with it as an alternative would receive support, but coalition partner the Greens decided to step out. As a result, Anderson was forced to stop too, before she started well and well.
Prime Minister Again
Andersson stressed that she wants to be prime minister again, this time from a one-party government.
The intention was for Andersson to present a new government on Friday. In September next year, there will be parliamentary elections again in Sweden.
The Social Democrat Andersson (54) was the successor to party companion Stefan Löfven, who announced in August that he would quit as government and party leader. He has been at the head of a red-green minority government for the past seven years. Andersson was Minister for Finance during that period.
Not a majority against
Of the 349 members in parliament, 117 voted for Andersson as new prime minister. That is far from a majority, but the Swedish Constitution dictates that Prime Ministers can be appointed if there is no majority against it.
In this case, 174 parliamentarians voted against, which made the appointment a fact. Two opposition parties abstained, one of which did so in exchange for a commitment in the field of pensions.
Andersson had become visible when the result of the vote became known: