A few hours after being appointed Prime Minister of Sweden, Magdalena Anderson resigned after the parliamentary budget failed, and her coalition partners left the bipartisan minority government. “
COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Hours after being appointed as the prime minister of Sweden, Magdalena Anderson resigned on Wednesday after the parliamentary budget failed, and coalition partners, the Green Party, left the bipartisan minority government.
“For me, it’s about respect, but I don’t want to lead a government that might have reason to question its legitimacy,” Anderson said at a news conference.
Anderson has notified Speaker Andras Nolen that she is still interested in leading the one-party government of the Social Democratic Party.
According to the Swedish news agency TT, Sweden’s 349-seat Speaker Andreas Nolen stated that he has received a letter of resignation from Anderson and will contact party leaders to “discuss the situation”. On Thursday, he will announce the way forward.
The government’s own budget proposal was put forward by the opposition, including the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats. Sweden’s third largest party is rooted in the neo-Nazi movement.
Green Party spokesperson Per Bolund said: “The government has now voted for the budget negotiated by right-wing extremist parties.” “This is something we deeply regret.”
Earlier in the day, Anderson said that she could “use the opposition’s budget to govern the country”.
“We have a united party behind us, saying that we cannot sit in a government that implements the (Swedish Democratic Party) negotiating policy. We must face our voters squarely and be proud,” another spokesperson for the Green Party, Marta Si Marta Stenevi said the party chose to resign from the government.
The party said it is prepared to support Anderson in a new vote to appoint the prime minister. It is unclear what the dramatic development will lead to.
The Swedish broadcaster SVT stated that the approved budget was based on the government’s own proposals, but of the 74 billion kronor ($8.2 billion) that the government hopes to use for reforms, more than 20 billion kronor ($2.2 billion) will be reallocated next year. The approved budget aims to reduce taxes, increase police salaries and provide more funds to different branches of the Swedish justice system.
The appointment of Anderson as the head is a milestone relative to Sweden, which has been regarded as one of the most advanced countries in Europe in terms of gender relations for decades, but has not yet had a woman in the highest political position.
Anderson has been appointed to succeed Stefan Lofven as party leader and prime minister, who stepped down earlier this year.
Earlier in the day, in the 349-seat parliament, 117 members voted for Anderson, 174 rejected her appointment, 57 abstained, and one member was absent.
According to the Swedish Constitution, as long as the parliamentary majority (at least 175 legislators) does not oppose the prime minister, they can appoint and govern.
Sweden’s next general election will be held on September 11.