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Swedish Parliament Votes for Kristersson as Prime Minister

  • Moderate leader Ulf Kristersson to replace Magdalena Andersson
  • Center-right minority cabinet depends on nationalists’ backing
Ulf Kristersson
Ulf KristerssonPhotographer: Johnathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images
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Sweden’s Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson won a vote to become the next prime minister, setting the stage for his nationalist-backed coalition to govern Nordic region’s largest economy as it heads toward a recession.   

The parliamentary ballot confirmed backing for Kristersson by four parties, including the Sweden Democrats. Now the country’s second-largest party, the anti-immigrant force will not be part of Kristersson’s center-right government, but supports him in exchange for seeing its policies on crime and migration implemented.