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Sweden Gets First Woman Prime Minister 

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In this file photo taken on November 04, 2021, Sweden’s Minister of Finance Magdalena Andersson delivers a speech after being elected to party chairman of the Social Democratic Party at the Social Democratic Party Congress in Gothenburg.  Adam IHSE / TT News Agency / AFP

 

Sweden’s parliament on Wednesday elected Social Democratic party leader and current Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson as the country’s first woman prime minister after she clinched a last-minute deal securing key support.

Andersson will succeed outgoing Prime Minister Stefan Lofven after a total of 117 members of parliament voted for her, while 57 abstained and 174 voted against. Under Sweden’s system, a prime ministerial candidate does not need the support of a majority in parliament, they just need to not have a majority against them.

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