Sweden‘s parliament during a confirmation vote in parliament on Wednesday elected a 54-year-old Social Democrat leader Magdalena Anderson as the country’s first female Prime Minister.
Anderson took over as leader of the governing Social Democrat party earlier this month.
A total of 117 members of parliament voted for her; 174 voted against her while 57 abstained.
Under Sweden’s system, a prime ministerial candidate does not need the support of a majority in parliament. A candidate needs a majority against him or her.
Anderson, who currently serves as Sweden’s finance minister, will formally take over as prime minister following a meeting with King Carl XVI Gustaf on Friday.
Despite being a nation that has long championed gender equality, Sweden has never had a woman as prime minister.
Anderson’s appointment came after she clinched a last-minute deal with the Left Party on Tuesday, securing key support in exchange for a pledge to raise pensions.
“We have reached an agreement to strengthen the finances of the poorest pensioners,” Andersson told public broadcaster SVT after the agreement was announced.