Sweden’s first female prime minister resigns hours after appointment

Magdalena Andersson was named Prime Minister yesterday, winning by one vote (Photo: Shutterstock / Getty Images)

Sweden’s first female Prime Minister resigned on the same day she was appointed to the post.

Social Democrat Magdalena Andersson was chosen to lead by one vote in the country’s parliament – but resigned yesterday after lawmakers rejected her budget in favor of one co-drafted by Swedish Democratic Nationalists.

Ms Andersson’s coalition partner, the Green Party, left the government after the vote and said he could not agree to one “drafted for the first time with the far right,” according to the BBC.

The outgoing Prime Minister said at a press conference: “For me it is about respect, but neither do I want to lead a government where they can be grounds to question its legitimacy.

“A coalition government should resign if a party chooses to leave the government.

“Despite the fact that the parliamentary situation has not changed, we have to try again.”

She has since informed speaker Andreas Norlen that she is still interested in running a one-party government, with Mr Norlen supposed to consult with party leaders on what will happen next.

A new government is expected to be formed tomorrow, when one considers that Andersson will establish a two-party minority government with the Greens.

Ms Andersson’s budget was rejected in favor of one co-authored by three opposition parties – the Moderate Conservative Party, Christian Democrats and Nationalist Swedish Democrats (Photo: REX / Shutterstock)

The 54-year-old was backed by 117 MPs in a vote on her nomination, those against just under the parliamentary majority of 175 needed to prevent her from taking office.

Exactly 57 lawmakers abstained from voting, while a politician was absent.

After her selection, Ms Andersson said: “I was elected the first female Prime Minister of Sweden and I know what that means for the girls of our country.”

The victory saw her replace Stefan Lofven as party leader and prime minister, after stepping down from both posts earlier this year.

He had led an “interim” government in the Nordic country until a new government was formed.

The next Swedish parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place in September 2022.

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