Andersson elected Prime Minister of Sweden for the second time in a week

Magdalena Andersson, despite more votes against than for her appointment, nevertheless succeeded Stefan Löfven as Prime Minister of Sweden.Image EPA

“Like all minority governments, we will seek cooperation with other parties in parliament, and I see good opportunities to do that,” Andersson said Monday. On Tuesday, when her cabinet is appointed, she will present her government policy in detail. The welfare state, the climate and the fight against violence will be her priorities, 54-year-old Andersson already said on Monday.

Just like last week, the Social Democrat narrowly received the necessary support from parliament. Or actually: there were just too few parliamentarians against her appointment to stop it. In the 349-headed Swedish parliament, she received 101 votes in favour, 173 against and 75 people did not vote. Under the Swedish system, a prime minister can be appointed by parliament as long as there is no majority against it.

It will be a hell of a job for Andersson, who succeeds the party colleague Stefan Lofven who resigned earlier this year. With a majority of just 100 seats in parliament, she must lead one of the weakest Swedish governments in decades. Moreover, it has to do so with a budget that has been prepared in part by opposition parties, including the far-right party Sweden Democrats.

That budget was the reason that Andersson’s government attempt collapsed after 7 a.m. last week. When her own budget plans did not receive sufficient support, Andersson adopted an alternative, right-wing budget, with the support of the Sweden Democrats. That was reason for coalition partner De Groenen to withdraw support for the government. Andersson was then forced to resign and request another vote.

Andersson said on Monday that he hoped to remain prime minister for ten years with a smile on her face. But people on the right are especially cynical. The leader of the opposition right-wing Moderate Party, Ulf Kristersson, called her government an “interim government” that will not be able to achieve much before the elections next September.

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