Three days ago, she was elected leader of the ruling Swedish Social Democrats party (Socialdemokraterna), paving the way for her to become the country’s first-ever woman leader.
The election to become leader took place over the past few days in the city of Gothenburg. In the party’s 131-year history she is only the second female leader to be elected. Mona Sahlin was party leader in 2007, but she never made it to the prime minister’s office.
This time it looks like there is a big chance that Ms Andersson will be installed as the country’s leader, possibly by the end of this week.
Sweden’s current government is a coalition between Socialdemokraterna and Miljopartiet (the Greens), backed by the Centerpartiet (the centre party) and Vansterpartiet (”the left” party).
The incumbent prime minister Stefan Lofven, who until Thursday was also leader of Socialdemokraterna, announced in late August his intention to resign from offie and his party leadership role.
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