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Sweden’s Andersson En Route to Premiership After Party Vote

  • Finance chief is elected new leader of ruling Social Democrats
  • She needs approval by fragmented parliament to become premier
Magdalena Andersson
Magdalena AnderssonPhotographer: Jessica Gow/AFP/Getty Images
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Sweden’s Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson was elected party leader of the ruling Social Democrats, paving the way for her to become the nation’s first female prime minister.

Andersson, 54, who has been finance minister since 2014, was elected at the party’s congress in Gothenburg on Thursday. She still faces an uncertain vote in parliament, where the government only controls about a third of the seats, before she can succeed current premier, Stefan Lofven, who is stepping down after almost a decade at the helm of the party.