Sweden Gets First Woman Prime Minister 

In this file photo taken on November 04, 2021, Sweden’s Minister of Finance Magdalena Andersson delivers a speech after being elected to party chairman of the Social Democratic Party at the Social Democratic Party Congress in Gothenburg.  Adam IHSE / TT News Agency / AFP

 

Sweden’s parliament on Wednesday elected Social Democratic party leader and current Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson as the country’s first woman prime minister after she clinched a last-minute deal securing key support.

Andersson will succeed outgoing Prime Minister Stefan Lofven after a total of 117 members of parliament voted for her, while 57 abstained, 174 voted against and one was absent.

Under Sweden’s system, a prime ministerial candidate does not need the support of a majority in parliament, they just need to not have a majority — or 175 votes — against them.

The 54-year-old, who took over as leader of the Social Democrats earlier this month, reached a deal with the Left Party late on Tuesday to raise pensions in exchange for its backing in Wednesday’s vote.

She had previously received the support of the Social Democrats’ coalition partner the Greens, as well as the Centre Party.

However, Andersson faced her first setback even before her election on Wednesday.

The Centre Party announced that while it would not oppose Andersson in the vote for prime minister, it would withdraw its support for the government’s budget to be voted on later Wednesday, due to the concessions made to the Left.

That means Andersson will in all likelihood have to govern with a budget presented by the opposition conservative Moderates, Christian Democrats and far-right Sweden Democrats.

Andersson will formally take over her functions and present her government on Friday.

Stefan Lofven resigned on November 10 after seven years as prime minister in a widely expected move aimed at giving his successor time to prepare for the country’s September 2022 general election.

Despite being a nation that has long championed gender equality, Sweden has never had a woman as prime minister.

All other Nordic countries — Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland — have seen women lead their governments.

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Ex-Manchester United Star Anderson Joins Turkey’s Adana

Brazilian Midfielder Anderson.                     Image: Twitter/Adana Demirspor

 

Brazilian midfielder Anderson, who spent almost a decade at Manchester United, has joined Turkish First League side Adana Demirspor on a three-year deal, the club announced on Monday.

Anderson, who notched up 181 appearances for United between 2007-2015, was welcomed at the club in the south of Turkey by its chairman Murat Sancak, it said in a statement.

The First League is the second flight of Turkish football after the Super League and Adana Demirspor will be hoping Anderson helps the club to win promotion after 12th place last season.

The player, 30, won four Premier League titles and also the Champions League in 2007-2008 with Manchester United.

After his time at Old Trafford, Anderson had a stint with Brazilian side Internacional and then played on loan with Coritiba.

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Injured Anderson To Have Six-Week Break From Cricket

n this file photo taken on March 25, 2018 England’s James Anderson bowls on the fourth day of the day-night Test cricket match between New Zealand and England at Eden Park in Auckland. James Anderson is to have a six-week break from all cricket in a bid to ensure England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker is fully fit for an upcoming series with India, it was announced on June 10, 2018.

 

James Anderson is to have a six-week break from cricket in a bid to ensure England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker is fully fit for an upcoming series with India, it was announced Sunday.

The 35-year-old Lancashire swing bowler will use his time away from the game for what the England and Wales Cricket Board said was “rehabilitation” on a longstanding right-shoulder injury.

Anderson, who has taken 540 wickets in 138 Tests, will now miss Lancashire’s next two County Championship matches against Worcestershire and Hampshire later this month.

The five home Tests against India are crammed into a six-week period from August 1 and England coach Trevor Bayliss said it was “vital” that Anderson, who no longer plays international white-ball cricket, was as fit as possible.

“We have five Tests against India in a six-week period from August 1, which will be an intense and challenging period for all our bowlers, and therefore it’s vital that we ensure Jimmy goes into that series in the best possible condition,” said Bayliss in an ECB statement issued Sunday.

“Jimmy has to manage the issue with his right shoulder, and we’ve been advised that the best way for him to prepare for the India series is to take a six-week break from cricket now, initially to rest it and then to work slowly back to cricket,” the Australian added.

“That six-week period covers Lancashire’s two Championship matches over the next three weeks. We will then monitor to see where Jimmy is at and ensuring he is ready for the India series.”

Despite an injury to his bowling arm, Anderson played in both Tests of England’s recent 1-1 drawn series at home to Pakistan, taking nine wickets in total at an average of 19.11.

Nishikori, Zverev, Anderson Advance To Citi Open Semis

L-R Nishikori, Zverev, and Anderson

Second seed Kei Nishikori shrugged off fatigue and saved three match points before beating unheralded American Tommy Paul 3-6 7-6(8) 6-4 in their Citi Open quarter-final on Friday.

The world number nine seemed destined for an early exit in the fierce Washington heat when 20-year-old Paul brought up match point at 5-3 in the second set with a backhand winner down the line.

Nishikori survived with an audacious drop shot from the base line that Paul could not run down, however, before staving off two more match points in the tiebreak and taking the second set.

That appeared to break the spirit of the 225th-ranked Paul and Nishikori, who had post-midnight finishes to his previous two matches at the tournament, took control in the final set to advance to Saturday’s semi-finals.

Next up for the 27-year-old Japanese is another 20-year-old in German fifth seed Alexander Zverev, who had too much in his arsenal for Russian Daniil Medvedev and won their quarter-final 6-2 6-4 in less than an hour.

The other semi-final will pit American Jack Sock against South African Kevin Anderson in a battle of the big servers.

Sock won his quarter-final against Canadian third seed Milos Raonic 7-5 6-4, while Anderson came through a second three-setter in the space of 18 hours with a 6-4 4-6 6-3 victory over Yuki Bhambri of India.

Results:

2-Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat Tommy Paul (U.S.) 3-6 7-6(8) 6-4

5-Alexander Zverev (Germany) beat Daniil Medvedev (Russia) 6-2 6-4

8-Jack Sock (U.S.) beat 3-Milos Raonic (Canada) 7-5 6-4

15-Kevin Anderson (South Africa) beat Yuki Bhambri (India) 6-4 4-6 6-3