Sweden elected its first female prime minister

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Anderson, 54, replaces stephen lofven, who recently stepped down as the country’s prime minister and leader of the Social Democrats party.

All the other Nordic countries – Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland – have previously elected female national leaders.

As prime minister, Anderson was preceded by 33 men. But according to his CV, he previously worked as Deputy Director General of the Swedish Tax Agency Swedish government website,

He holds a master’s degree in economics from the Stockholm School of Economics and has served as the Finance Minister of Sweden since 2014.

According to Sweden’s Twitter account, she is also the second woman to head the centre-left Social Democrat Party.

Swedish Foreign Affairs Minister Ann Linde was one of the first to congratulate Andersen, commenting on Twitter that there is no doubt that she will “remain remarkable.”

already facing major obstacles

Anderson received parliamentary approval after a last-minute settlement with the former Communist Left Party, but his grip on power weakened as The fragmented political landscape of the Nordic country,

His predecessor Löfven ruled the parliament in a complicated juggernaut garnering support from both left and center parties, even though they are not part of a coalition government.

But the Center party is concerned with the deal with the left-wing party and has said it will not support Anderson’s government in a vote on a finance bill proposed by three opposition parties, which could take place as early as 10:00 a.m. Wednesday.

“We cannot support a budget for a government that is going too far to the left, which we think the incoming government is doing,” Annie Loof, leader of the Center Party, told reporters.

Anderson now faces the prospect of ruling over spending priorities set by the centre-right.

Lofven, who stepped down earlier this month to give Anderson a chance to increase support for the party ahead of the general election in September next year, said he would not continue if he lost the budget vote.

Even as she manages to consolidate her power base and negotiate the budget crisis, Anderson faces significant challenges.

Mass violence and shootings disrupted life in several suburbs of the capital, Stockholm and other major cities.

The Covid-19 pandemic exposed gaps in the much-touted welfare state with Sweden’s death rate much higher than neighboring Nordic countries and the government needing to accelerate its transition to a “green” economy to meet climate change. need to be given. aim.

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