Sweden’s First Female Prime Minister Resigns Hours After Being Voted In

Sweden’s first-ever female Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson resigned just hours after she was announced leader on Wednesday.

Andersson, who leads the Social Democratic Party, resigned after her coalition partner, the Greens Party, quit the government and her budget proposal hit a brick wall in Parliament.

Instead, Parliament voted for a budget drawn up by the opposition which includes the anti-immigrant far-right.

The Greens Party said it could not accept a budget “drafted for the first time with the far-right”.

Andersson told reporters that she hoped to try to become Prime Minister again as a single-party government leader. She said:

There is a constitutional practice that a coalition government should resign when one party quits.

I don’t want to lead a government whose legitimacy will be questioned.

The speaker of parliament said he would contact party leaders on the next move.

Andersson (54) was elected as prime minister earlier on Wednesday at the head of a minority government because, under Swedish law, she only needed a majority of MPs not to vote against her.

Her election at the head of a minority government followed an 11th-hour deal with the opposition Left Party and the Greens.

Of the 349 members of the Riksdag (Parliament), 174 voted against her.

But on top of the 117 MPs who backed Andersson, a further 57 abstained, giving her victory by a single vote.

Before MPs backed Andersson, Sweden was the only Nordic state never to have a woman as PM.

Nordic states include Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden as well as the autonomous territories of the Faroe Islands and Greenland, and the autonomous region of the Åland Islands.

More: BBC News

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