Magdalena Anderson is considered the most favorable choice to take over Sweden after Social Democrat colleague Stefan Löfven retires in November.
If Anderson is elected to lead the party in November, she is expected to become the first prime minister in Swedish history, 40 years after neighboring Norway had its first female prime minister and more than 60 years after Sri Lanka did the same. However, staying in power will be difficult.
Among the challenges it will face are the problem of violent gangs and the restructuring of the economy to combat climate change.
The first problem for the 54-year-old economist and head of the Swedish Tax Authority will be parliamentary approval.
Decades ago, the country’s political life was dominated by the Social Democrats. But support for the center-left has waned across Europe, and in Sweden the rise of the populist, anti-immigrant democratic party has split traditional alliances. Anderson will receive support from the former Communist Left Party and Center Party, a member of a right-wing government from 2006-14 as well as the Greens’ current ally.
These parties will also have to vote on the budget in December.
Anderson has announced generous spending plans and income tax cuts for 2022. But not everyone can be satisfied, nor can early elections be ruled out.
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