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Swedes elect 1st female PM - for the 2nd time in a week

In a 101 -173 vote with 75 abstentions, the 349-seat Riksdag elected Andersson, leader of the Social Democrats, as Prime Minister.

Published: 29th November 2021 07:55 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th November 2021 02:38 PM   |  A+A-

Magdalena Andersson will form a one-party, minority government.

Magdalena Andersson will form a one-party, minority government. (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

COPENHAGEN: Magdalena Andersson, who last week was Sweden's first woman Prime Minister for a few hours before resigning because a budget defeat made a coalition partner quit, was on Monday elected again as head of government.

In a 101 -173 vote with 75 abstentions, the 349-seat Riksdag elected Andersson, leader of the Social Democrats, as Prime Minister.

She will form a one-party, minority government.

The Cabinet is expected to be named Tuesday.

Andersson served as Prime Minister for seven hours before stepping down last week after the Greens left her two-party coalition.

Their move followed the rejection of her government's budget proposal in favour of one presented by opposition parties including the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats, which is rooted in a neo-Nazi movement.

Under the Swedish Constitution, Prime Ministers can be named and govern as long as a parliamentary majority a minimum of 175 lawmakers is not against them.



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