Sweden: Andersson re-elected prime minister five days after parliamentary fiasco

Sweden: Andersson was elected first minister five days after his parliamentary fiasco

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STOCKHOLM | After an incredible election-resignation in the space of seven hours last week, the head of the Swedish Social Democrats Magdalena Andersson was re-elected prime minister on Monday by Parliament and will be able to officially become the first woman to hold the post in the country .

Until now Minister of Finance, Magdalena Andersson was elected by MPs with 173 votes against, 101 votes in favor and 75 abstentions, in a vote that looks like deja vu. In Sweden, a government is approved as long as an absolute majority of 175 MPs does not vote its censure.

Barring an improbable new surprise, the election closes the soap opera of the social democratic transition of power caused by the departure of Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, who handed over earlier this month after seven years in power and less than a year legislative elections of September 2022.

The presentation of his government to King Carl & nbsp; XVI Gustaf, who officially marks his assumption of office, is expected on Tuesday.

At the end of a day eventful last Wednesday, Magdalena Andersson was first elected prime minister, then defeated by the same Parliament on her budget by the right-wing opposition, and finally forced to resign after the surprise departure of environmentalists from the government.

< p>Although elected within seven hours, she had not officially taken office.

With the departure of the Green party, the economist and 54-year-old former top swimmer will lead a fully social democratic government.

“From now on she will head a one-party government. So, no more surprises. No more crisis, at least for now, “Anders Sannerstedt, professor of political science at Lund University, for whom the episode was” a historic situation “told AFP.

< p>Although accustomed to the complexities of its parliamentarism and faced since 2018 with extremely complicated power struggles in the Riksdag, the Nordic country had never experienced such a scenario. & Nbsp;

The president of the chamber in charge leading the transition process, Andreas Norlén, had expressed his “regrets” at the image given to the Swedish people.

Environmentalists abstained on Monday, further reducing votes in favor of the new prime minister. Unlike last week, when Magdalena Andersson had passed by one vote, a member of the Liberal party (center right) abstained, reducing the votes against from 174 to 173.

Close elections in sight

Despite its declared status as a feminist nation, never since the creation of the post in 1876 has Sweden had a woman prime minister, unlike all the other Nordic countries ( Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland).

Despite the turpitudes of last Wednesday, the re-election of Magdalena Andersson was not in doubt, the three parties essential to her arrival in power having made it known that they would allow her election again.

The succession to the head of Sweden comes less than a year from the legislative elections of September 2022, which promise to be tight.

Around 25% in the polls, the Social Democratic Party keeps its rank of first political formation in Sweden, but is close to its historic lows.

He will have to counter his great rival, the conservative party of moderates led by Ulf Kristersson, in a new configuration. & nbsp;

The latter has moved closer to the extreme right of the Democrats in Sweden, led by Jimmie Åkesson, and is now ready to rule with his backing in Parliament, a major upheaval on the Swedish political scene.

It was the victory of the right-wing budget, prepared for the first time with the SD, which had led to the departure of the Greens and therefore the resignation of Mrs Andersson. & Nbsp;

For environmentalists, it was unthinkable to govern while being subjected to a finance law bearing the seal of the extreme right.

In the podium before the vote on Monday, the leader of the Moderates Ulf Kristersson underlined the fragility of the Prime Minister .

Parliament has invested “a nine-month interim government that has no mandate to govern,” he said. “One more term and Sweden will have a change of government,” said the elected Conservative, saying he was “looking forward to election day”.

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