Saudi Arabia’s King Salman sent a cable of congratulations to Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, following his victory in his country’s prime ministerial elections, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday. “On the occasion of your victory in the prime ministerial elections in the Kingdom of Sweden, we are pleased to send to you congratulations and best wishes for success, wishing your country continued health and happiness, and the friendly people of the Kingdom of Sweden progress and prosperity,” the king said in a statement. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also sent a similar congratulatory cable to the new Swedish premier.
Sweden’s Riksdag, or parliament, elected Kristersson of the Moderate Party as prime minister on Oct. 25, 2022. His three-party coalition secured a majority in the 349-seat Riksdag after the Sept. 11 election by teaming up with the Sweden Democrats, the Christian Democrats and Liberals.
Kristersson took over the prime minister’s post from Magdalena Andersson, the leader of the center-left Social Democrats, which are now in opposition after eight years in power.