Magdalena Andersen became Sweden’s first female prime minister

Magdalena Andersen

Copenhagen: Sweden’s parliament on Wednesday elected Magdalena Andersen as prime minister. She will be the first woman to hold this position. Anderson has been elected the new leader of the Social Democratic Party. She will replace Stefan Lofven, who resigned as prime minister earlier this year. Lofven is currently handling the responsibility of the caretaker prime minister. Anderson was previously the Finance Minister.

Sweden is considered one of Europe’s most progressive countries in terms of gender equality, but so far no woman has been given the reins of the country. In such a situation, this development is being considered a milestone for Sweden. “Democracy cannot be complete if women just keep on voting and are not elected to the highest office,” independent lawmaker Amina Kakabaweh, who supported Anderson, said in her speech in parliament.

Magdalena Andersen

In Sweden’s 349-member parliament, 117 lawmakers voted in favor of Andersen and 174 against. 57 MPs did not take part in the voting while one MP remained absent. Altogether 174 MPs voted against Andersen, but according to the Swedish constitution, if at least 175 MPs are not against a person, he can be appointed prime minister.