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Sweden Re-Elects Prime Minister, Calming Political Turmoil

  • Social Democrat leader Andersson wins parliamentary vote
  • 54-year-old quit last week just hours after appointment
Magdalena Andersson

Magdalena Andersson

Photographer: Erik Simander/AFP/Getty Images

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Sweden’s Social Democrat leader narrowly won a vote in parliament re-electing her as prime minister, easing the political turmoil prompted by her resignation last week.

Magdalena Andersson, a former finance minister, will head a one-party government in the largest Nordic nation after her candidacy passed on Monday by a two-vote margin. Having become Sweden’s first female prime minister last Wednesday, she resigned the same day when her junior partner in government quit following a defeat in parliament over the budget.