Around five weeks after the parliamentary elections in Sweden, the conservative Ulf Kristersson was elected the new prime minister. The 58-year-old received the necessary support from the Reichstag in Stockholm on Monday, also thanks to the votes of the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats. 176 of the 349 MPs voted for Kristersson, 173 against him.
The leader of the conservative party The Moderates is taking over from the Social Democratic Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson. Already on Tuesday he will make a government statement and present his cabinet. The change of government will then be completed by King Carl XVI. gustaf
Kristersson will also rely on a minority government. He wants to govern with a three-party coalition consisting of the Moderates, Christian Democrats and Liberals, working closely with the Sweden Democrats in parliament. Without the right-wing populists, who achieved record results in the election and came second for the first time, the new governing coalition will not be able to secure a majority of its own.
Minority governments are not uncommon in Scandinavia - Denmark and Norway are also currently governed in this way. A novelty, however, is that the Swedish right-wing populists will be actively involved as a supporting party in such a constellation. Their position also gives them great influence in immigration policy.