Magdalena Anderson, Sweden’s first female prime minister, has resigned hours after being elected to the post.
Ms Anderson was named Sweden’s new prime minister on Wednesday (November 22nd), but resigned after one of the coalition government’s allies left.
Ms. Anderson did not get the required budget from parliament, and instead voted on the budget proposed by opposition parties, which included the far-right anti-immigrant party.
“I have told the speaker that I want to resign,” Anderson told reporters.
The Greens, Anderson’s coalition partner, said they could not accept a budget “funded for the first time by the far right”.
Ms. Anderson said she hopes to run for prime minister again only through her own party, so she does not need a coalition.
The Swedish Social Democrats have also said that “it is a constitutional practice that when a party withdraws from the coalition, the coalition government must also resign.”
“I do not want to run a government whose legitimacy has been called into question,” Ms. Anderson said.
The speaker of the Swedish parliament has also announced that he will contact party leaders in the next step.
Ms Anderson was elected the new Prime Minister on Wednesday morning, and under Swedish law, she only needed a majority of the House of Representatives not to vote against her.
On the centenary of women’s suffrage in Sweden, a 54-year-old woman was elected Prime Minister of the Social Democrats today, and some members of parliament applauded her.
His election to head a minority government was made possible by 11 hours of negotiations with the Left Opposition Party in exchange for a higher pension for many Swedes. He also had the support of the Green Party coalition as well as the Swedish Central Party.
Of the 349 members of parliament or the Rexdag, 174 voted against her, but in addition to the 117 deputies who supported Ms. Anderson, 57 abstained, and she won by a narrow margin.
A former youth swimming champion from Uppsala University, he began his political career in 1996 as a political adviser to then-Prime Minister Goran Persson. He has served as Minister of Finance for the past seven years.
Sweden was the only country in Northern Europe to never have a woman prime minister before Magdalena Anderson was elected prime minister today.
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