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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

On Wednesday, the Swedish parliament will vote on a new prime minister

Swedish parliament

Key Takeaways:

  • Despite insecurities about her ability to garner enough support.
  • The Centre Party has stated that it will not oppose Andersson’s candidacy.

Sweden’s parliament will vote on Wednesday to approve Social Democrat leader Magdalena Andersson as the country’s first female prime minister, according to the speaker of the Riksdag.

The current finance minister, Andersson, has been in discussions with the Left Party to gain their support to succeed Stefan Lofven, who stepped down as prime minister earlier this month. “Regrettably, we haven’t worked out all of the details, and we haven’t reached an agreement,” Andersson said to reporters.

Andersson stated that discussions with the Left Party, which wants a say in policy in exchange for its support, had been constructive. “I am still hopeful that we will be able to reach a deal,” she said.

Sweden’s minister of finance Magdalena Andersson

“As a result, it is Riksdag who will pass, but the Speaker has decided to nominate me for a prime ministerial election.” In 2014, Lofven led a fragile minority coalition government with the Greens that drew support from the Centre and Left Parties. Andersson succeeded Lofven as leader of the Social Democrats earlier this month.

If Andersson does not win the support of parliament to become prime minister, it is unclear who will govern the country.

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Given the current political deadlock, the Moderates leader of the largest opposition party has declared that forming a center-right government is impossible.

This could force the speaker to call an emergency election just ten months before the country’s scheduled election. It’s also uncertain whether the government will pass its budget without a compromise with the left, which lawmakers will vote on later on Wednesday.

At 0800 GMT on Wednesday, Parliament will vote on whether to affirm Andersson as Prime Minister. Till a new prime minister is nominated, Lofven is managing a caretaker government.

Source: The Star-News

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