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Sweden Is a Step Closer to Having First Female Prime Minister

  • 54-year-old is likely to be appointed Wednesday by lawmakers
  • Andersson would become Nordic country’s first female premier
Magdalena Andersson

Magdalena Andersson

Photographer: Mikael Sjoberg/Bloomberg

Sweden’s Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson sealed a last-minute deal with an ex-communist party that threatened to block her from becoming the largest Nordic nation’s prime minister.

The agreement with the Left Party late Tuesday entails a plan to raise pensions for the retirees who receive the lowest level of payouts, according to website statements. It also outlines how the Social Democrat leader’s minority government will work with the leftists, whose influence was limited by a deal with center-right parties struck by Andersson’s predecessor, Stefan Lofven.