Sweden’s first female prime minister introduces her government

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Copenhagen, Denmark. (AP) – Sweden’s first female prime minister, Magdalena Andersson, presented her one-party minority government with only a few changes to the previous cabinet on Tuesday.

Andersson, who had been the Swedish finance minister, chose Mikael Damberg to replace her in this role. Damberg had previously been Minister of the Interior.

Andersson, the leader of the Social Democratic Party, was re-elected head of government of the Scandinavian nation on Monday. She resigned as Prime Minister last week after seven hours because a budget defeat caused the then coalition partner Greens to leave her two-party coalition.

The move followed the rejection of her government’s budget proposal in favor of a proposal from opposition parties, including the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats, rooted in a neo-Nazi movement.

Andersson was named Prime Minister on Monday despite 101 MPs voting in favor of her appointment and 173 against, with 75 abstentions. According to the Swedish constitution, prime ministers can be appointed and govern as long as a parliamentary majority – at least 175 MPs – does not oppose them.

Andersson kept Ann Linde as Secretary of State and Peter Hultqvist as Secretary of Defense.

In the previous government, the Greens held, among other things, the environment and culture ministries. The Social Democrats Annika Strandhall and Jeanette Gustafsdotter took over the two offices.

Andersson has replaced Stefan Lofven as party leader and prime minister, whom he gave up earlier this year. She is after an audience with King Carl XVI. Lofven, who was the administrator of the Swedish government, will resign.

The next parliamentary elections in Sweden are scheduled for September 11th.


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