Sweden’s First Female Prime Minister Resigns Hours After Appointment

Sweden’s first female prime minister, Magdalena Andersson, resigned hours after her appointment on Nov. 24.

According to Sweden’s official Twitter account, Andersson’s resignation came after a budget defeat in parliament, which voted in favor of the opposition’s budget.

Andersson’s coalition partner, the Green Party, subsequently decided to leave the two-party minority government.

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

“It is about respect, but I also do not want to lead a government where there may be grounds to question its legitimacy,” Andersson, a Social Democrat, said at a press conference.

“A coalition government should resign if a party chooses to leave the government. Despite the fact that the parliamentary situation is unchanged, it needs to be tried again,” Andersson further said.

Andersson told the parliamentary speaker that she hoped to be appointed prime minister again as the head of a single-party government.

The parliamentary speaker will now decide the next step in the process of forming a new government.

“The current government will remain as an interim government until a new government is in place,” Sweden on Twitter said.

Andersson replaced Stefan Löfven, who stepped down as Sweden’s premier and leader of the Social Democrats party.

Andersson is also the second woman to lead the Social Democrats party.

Before Andersson was appointed as prime minister, Sweden was the only Nordic country to not have a woman in the post.


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