Twenty-seven year old Bosnian Muslim immigrant Aida Hadzialic has become Sweden’s new minister of education.
Hadzialic was appointed earlier in the month by Stefan Löfven in his new cabinet as the Upper Secondary School and Adult Education Initiative in Sweden. She studied law at the University of Lund before she became the deputy mayor of Halmstad when she was 23 years old. The 27-year-old, who was born in Foča, Bosnia in 1987, is now the youngest minister in Sweden’s history.
Stefan Hansson, the chairman of the Social Democrats in Halmstad spoke of Hadzialic positively, saying, “She’s incredibly focused and talented. It may sound cheesy, but I really mean it. She is incredibly talented in many different ways”.
Hansson also believes that her new job will be a good fit for her.
“Education is her very heart, and she usually praises the Swedish school system that she sees herself as a living example of that you get opportunities to study and advancement of society in Sweden. At the same time she as a social democrat to think it has gotten worse the last term of office, and she is eager to rebuild it again”, Hansson said.
He added that he was surprised at how she had quit her position as mayor earlier, but how it is perfectly clear now.
“I have not seen her since she resigned. Everything has been very secret and people have been irritated and wondered why she stays away. I had a little hunch that something was planned and this was a very happy surprise”, he said.
According to statistics from the US State Department, there are around 450,000-500,000 Muslims in Sweden, comprising 5% of the nation’s population.
Ann-Charlotte Westlund, municipal councilor in Halmstad and member of the political opposition in Sweden, wished Hadzialic well on her new job.
“She is clever and takes politics very seriously. I had not thought that she would become a minister, but I am not surprised because she’s really clever. While she is relatively young”, Westlund said.