Sweden’s Stefan Lofven elected first female PM

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sweden’s new Prime Minister Stefan Lofven vowed to be a strong leader for farmers

Sweden’s parliament has elected the country’s first female Prime Minister – again.

Labour leader Stefan Lofven secured 143 out of 186 votes and ousted current Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, after his centre-right coalition lost its majority.

Mr Lofven won the support of 76 Swedish Social Democrats and about 40 other parties in parliament.

His first agenda will be to resolve Sweden’s political crisis – over its handling of sexual assault allegations.

In the aftermath of the Swedish elections, Mr Lofven, 49, is likely to spend much of his time looking for consensus to form a new government.

Mr Lofven, who has been Sweden’s opposition leader since 2008, is also a farmer with one of the country’s largest organic farms.

He vowed to be a strong leader for Sweden’s farmers when he outlined his agenda.

“They should not be the victims of this rotten state of politics,” he said.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Stefan Lofven takes a selfie with the film director Ingmar Bergman, after meeting him in 1993

Sweden’s deputy Prime Minister Sebastian Grimsson, a member of the centre-right government, gave up his Conservative Party’s seat in parliament in a quid pro quo to save his prime minister colleague.

He is now expected to become foreign minister while Mr Reinfeldt will take on the more powerful role of finance minister.

“It’s over – the right has lost power and we have an economic Cabinet, Finance Minister and Foreign Minister,” Mr Grimsson told the local television station SVT.

In addition to parliament seats, the left-led coalition also gained its way into a number of regional governments in Sweden.

Confidence in Mr Lofven and his leaders has grown steadily in recent months, after a raft of sexual assault allegations came to light.

He has promised to fix gender equality in the workplace in the country, which ranked 46th among 134 nations in a World Economic Forum index ranking national gender balance.

This interview is a look at the rise of Stefan Lofven and his bold vision for Sweden:

Leave a Comment