The newly-elected Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson announced her resignation a few hours after she became the country’s first female prime minister and made history.
“I have told the Speaker that I wish to resign as Prime Minister,” Anderson told reporters in Stockholm on Wednesday that after her Social Democratic-led coalition collapsed. According to reports, 54-year-old Anderson is seeking new support after the Green Party withdrew from the new ruling minority coalition after a budget failure.
After the new prime minister is elected on Wednesday, the coalition will govern with very little support, with more votes against her than for her in the parliament. The result of the vote was that 117 MPs supported Swedish Finance Minister Anderson, 174 opposed her, and 57 MPs abstained or absent. Swedish law allows the prime minister to be appointed and governed, as long as the majority of the members of the Swedish parliament-175 members-do not vote against them.
However, Anderson’s historic victory made Sweden the last Nordic country with a female head of state, but it soon failed in legislation because the Center Party refused to support the government’s budget proposal with other coalition members. Instead, the MPs passed the competing budget proposed by the three Conservative parties, including the Swedish Democratic Party.
Although Anderson has said that she can use the opposition budget to govern the country, the Green Party is hesitant. Co-leader Marta Steinevi told reporters that the party seeks power to promote its own policies. “It is not the political work of the Green Party to implement the budget negotiated with the Swedish Democratic Party.”
Anderson then stated that she did not want to lead the government “There may be reasons to question its legitimacy.” According to reports, she told Parliament Speaker Andreas Norlen that she was interested in leading a one-party Social Democratic government. Sweden is scheduled to hold general elections in September next year.
The Social Democratic Party chose Anderson to replace Stefan Lofven, who stepped down as prime minister and party leader earlier this month.Due to political infighting, including a vote of no confidence in him, Lofven announced in August that he intends to resign and hopes to give his successor “The best conditions” Enter next year’s general election.
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