Newly-elected Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson announced her resignation just hours after making history as the country’s first female Prime Minister.
“I told the speaker that I wanted to resign my post as Prime Minister”, Andersson told reporters on Wednesday in Stockholm, after the dismantling of the coalition led by his Social Democratic Party. Andersson, 54, is said to be looking for new support after the Green Party left the new ruling minority coalition following a budget defeat.
The coalition was to govern with a very small margin of support after the election of the new PM on Wednesday with more votes against her than for her in parliament. The vote was 117 MPs for Andersson, the Swedish finance minister, and 174 against her, with 57 MPs abstaining or absent. Swedish law allows prime ministers to be appointed and to rule as long as a majority of the Riksdag – 175 MPs – does not vote against them.
However, Andersson’s historic victory, making Sweden the last Nordic country to have a female head of state, was quickly followed by legislative defeat, with the Center Party refusing to join other coalition members. to support the government’s budget proposal. Instead, MEPs adopted a rival budget proposed by three conservative parties, including the Swedish Democrats.
Although Andersson said she could rule the country on the opposition budget, the Greens hesitated, with co-leader Marta Stenevi telling reporters the party was seeking power in order to pass its own policies. “It is not the job of the Greens in politics to implement a budget negotiated with the Swedish Democrats.”
Andersson then said she didn’t want to run a government “Where there may be reasons to question its legitimacy”. She reportedly told Riksdag President Andreas Norlen that she wanted to lead a one-party Social Democratic government. Sweden has parliamentary elections scheduled for next September.
The Social Democrats had chosen Andersson to replace Stefan Lofven, who resigned as prime minister and party leader earlier this month. Lofven announced his intention to step down in August amid internal political struggles, including a vote of no confidence against him, and hoped to give his successor “The best conditions” ahead of next year’s elections.
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