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Andersson Becomes Sweden’s First Female PM


Sweden’s parliament has confirmed Social Democrat leader Magdalena Andersson as the country’s first female prime minister.

Andersson has earlier replaced Stefan Lofven as leader of the centre-left Social Democrats.

Sweden is the only Nordic country never to have elected a woman as national leader before.

Ms Andersson, who’s currently finance minister, did not win Wednesday’s vote.

However, she was elected because under Swedish law she only needed a majority of MPs not to vote against her.

A total of 117 members of parliament voted for her, while 174 voted against her. Fifty-seven abstained.

Andersson, who currently serves as Sweden’s finance minister, will formally take over as prime minister following a meeting with King Carl XVI Gustaf on Friday.

In October, Sweden has lifted all the COVID-19 restrictions, despite rising case numbers.

The Public Health Directorate declared limited COVID-19-related restrictions that began on June 1 and ended on Sept. 29.

Meanwhile, the Swedish Foreign Ministry announced in a separate statement a plan to lift all travel bans on Oct. 1, 2021.

After Denmark and Norway, Sweden is the third Scandinavian country to totally abolish coronavirus-related restrictions.

Sweden has been an outlier in aspects of its handling of the disease, shunning hard lockdowns throughout the pandemic.

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