Glass ceiling broken!!!!!!!

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Today, Sweden finally got it's first female Prime Minister. Magdalena Andersson of the social democrats did it, she broke that awfully thick glass ceiling.

Just too bad that the parliament also voted for the right-wing budget that she now has to follow.

 

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Yes I was watching the live broadcast from the parliament when they were voting her in as our first female prime minister in 145 years this morning.
Coincidentally women got the vote and were able to be elected for parliament 100 years ago.

I wish she had been elected as prime minister by the voters instead of just becoming one per default since our former prime minister stepped down. I think the social democrats, which she represents, have done this deliberately to improve their chances in next years' election.

Never the less, as a feminist I am glad that the glass ceiling has finally been broken. Naturally it took a woman who had more experience than some of her male counterparts when she was voted in as prime minister. I don't know why it is that women always have to work twice as hard to get the same rights as men.

Good luck to Magdalena Andersson in trying to "build back Sweden better". :hat:
 

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This is great news, not just because Sweden now has a female prime minister but that she is also is being supported by the Left Party so hopefully she will be able to implement some socialist policies.

I hope she will be far better than the 2 female prime ministers we had in the UK who were disastrous and made our country less safe and a far more unequal.
 

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7 hours. It lasted a whole 7 hours.
Magdalena Andersson was forced to resign.
The Greens refuse to be part of the government when they have to work with the budget set by the right-wing block. That means that a new government has to be chosen. It's possible that Magdalena Andersson will be re-elected Prime Minister, but it's also possible that The Left, The Greens and The Centre will demand too much of her and then not re-elect her.

Chaos once again in Swedish politics. This is what happens when the vote is so close that if just one person in the parliament goes to the bathroom during a vote, the whole government can change. 174 people on the right-wing block. 175 people on the left/green/centre block. And lets not pretend that it's friction free between the parties within the blocks either.
 

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What are commentators in Sweden predicting will happen next? Is Magdalena Andersson going put forward a new that he coalition can support? Will she negotiate a new coalition? Will she attempt to form a minority government of just her party? Will there be another election?
 

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What are commentators in Sweden predicting will happen next? Is Magdalena Andersson going put forward a new that he coalition can support? Will she negotiate a new coalition? Will she attempt to form a minority government of just her party? Will there be another election?
There's only ten months until the next election so they'll hash this out somehow since no one wants an extra election at this point since the regular would have to be held.
 

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What are commentators in Sweden predicting will happen next? Is Magdalena Andersson going put forward a new that he coalition can support? Will she negotiate a new coalition? Will she attempt to form a minority government of just her party? Will there be another election?

Tonight, The Centre Party said they are willing to put down their votes again = voting yellow instead of red or green. Voting yellow is like voting "I don't support it, but I'll let it happen". So the most logical solution is to have another vote where Magdalena Andersson is tried for PM. And instead of a government with The Social Democrats + The Greens, we'd have a government with only The Social Democrates but working with the right-wing budget.

I don't understand why ANYONE in their right mind would screw that up and create more chaos considering there's only 10 months until next election and NO ONE wants an extra election and an original election the same year.
 
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Em...she's resigned


Sweden's first ever female prime minister has resigned just hours after she was appointed.

Magdalena Andersson, was announced as leader on Wednesday but resigned after her coalition partner quit the government and her budget failed to pass.

Instead, parliament voted for a budget drawn-up by the opposition which includes the anti-immigrant far right.

"I have told the speaker that I wish to resign," Ms Andersson told reporters.

Her coalition partner, the Greens Party said it could not accept a budget "drafted for the first time with the far-right".

Ms Andersson said that she hoped to try to become prime minister again as a single party government leader.

"There is a constitutional practice that a coalition government should resign when one party quits," the Social Democrat said on Wednesday. "I don't want to lead a government whose legitimacy will be questioned.

The speaker of parliament said he would contact party leaders on the next move.

Ms Andersson was elected as prime minister earlier on Wednesday because under Swedish law, she only needed a majority of MPs not to vote against her.

A hundred years after Swedish women were given the vote, the 54-year-old Social Democrat leader was given a standing ovation by sections of the parliament, or Riksdag.

Her election at the head of a minority government followed an 11th-hour deal with the opposition Left party, in exchange for higher pensions for many Swedes. She also secured the support of coalition partner the Greens.

Of the 349 members of the Riksdag, 174 voted against her. But on top of the 117 MPs who backed Ms Andersson, a further 57 abstained, giving her victory by a single vote.

A former junior swimming champion from the university city of Uppsala, she began her political career in 1996 as political adviser to then-Prime Minister Goran Persson. She has spent the past seven years as finance minister.

Before MPs backed Magdalena Andersson, Sweden was the only Nordic state never to have a woman as PM.
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Becoming the first woman prime minister in Swedish history should have been cause for a night of celebration for Magdalena Andersson, yet the sun had barely set when she handed in her notice.
The complexities of Swedish politics mean we can't assume we've seen the last of her, though. If there's another prime ministerial vote, Ms Andersson will probably get voted in again. This is because the Green party has promised to support her, despite quitting as a formal coalition partner. But she'd end up in a vulnerable position at the helm of a fragile minority government, and would still have to stick to the right-wing budget already voted on by parliament.
What all this political chaos has underlined is just how divided Swedish politics is right now. We'll have to wait and see whether voters break the deadlock with a significant shift to the right or the left at next year's elections.
 

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7 hours. It lasted a whole 7 hours.
Oh my. Just as well no one in The White House went and knocked on Joe Biden's bedroom door and woke him from his midday nap to inform him Sweden has a new female Prime minister only to be woken from his afternoon nap to be told she has resigned.
 

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I think it's wrong to discriminate against people for any reason, and I believe women deserve consideration for leadership roles just as much as men do.

Of course, policies should matter most. The fact that Magdalena Andersson is a social democrat appeals to me because I support social democracy. It's unfortunate her victory was short-lived, though. However, I don't think every woman who "breaks the glass ceiling" is automatically worthy of praise. As an American, for example, our first female vice president has a record low approval rating because people see how vapid and soulless she is. Making history is good, but caring about the needs of your country is better.
 
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The Speaker of the Parliament just had a press conference and said that he will nominate Magdalena Andersson again for a vote in the parliament on Monday. All parties that votet yes or laid down their votes (an indirect yes) yesterday have stated that they will vote the same this time. So unless something dramatic happens, Magdalena Andersson is likely to be re-elected on Monday but will lead a government with only the Social Democrats. With the right-wing budget.

She can find comfort in the fact that she had the highest approval ratings in the last big opinion poll of all party leaders, including now former PM Stefan Löfven.
 

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The thing about breaking a glass ceiling is that it's really difficult to piece it back together. Whether or not Ms Andersson is re-elected Prime Minister, she has blazed the trail for women who will follow her.
 

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The thing about breaking a glass ceiling is that it's really difficult to piece it back together. Whether or not Ms Andersson is re-elected Prime Minister, she has blazed the trail for women who will follow her.

No one can ever erase the fact that she was elected Sweden's first female PM. Now, just re-elect her on Monday!!!!!!

Sweden's party leaders (of the 8 parties in the parliament) are mostly women. Left, SocDem, Centre, Liberals and ChristDem all have female leaders. The Greens always have 2 leaders: a man and a woman. So you'd think that the odds are in favour of a female PM... Until recently, it seemed hopeless. But then, completely unexpected, Stefan Löfven resigned and "Magda" (minister of finance) was the obvious choice to replace "Steffe".

The right-wing block (Moderates, ChristDem, SweDem and Liberals) may have 2 male and 2 female party leaders, but Moderates & SweDem are far bigger than the other two and they're lead by men. So if the right-wing block wins, we'll get a male PM again.

Magda needs the Centre party which is kind of ironic since SocDem & Centre have never been pals. Until last election, they were on opposite blocks. Centre left that block because they refused to give power to SweDem (a nationalist party).
 
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