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Swedish PM Andersson resigns several hours after taking office

13:34, 25 November 2021
Swedish PM Andersson resigns several hours after taking office Photo: magdalenaeandersson/facebook.com

The first female Prime Minister in Sweden’s history left the post after her coalition partner had withdrawn from the government.

Magdalena Andersson, appointed as Sweden’s Prime Minister on Wednesday afternoon resigned on the same day in the evening. According to the Riksdag’s (National Parliament) press release, speaker Andreas Norlén has received Andersson’s request to be discharged and granted it.

The decision comes shortly after Andersson’s Social Democrats party’s ally the Greens quit the government due to a failed budget project. She had reached an agreement with the Left Party shortly before her appointment but lost the support of another powerful party, the Centrists, who were angered at the concession made to the leftists. 

Finally, instead of the ruling coalition’s proposition, the Riksdag approved the draft of the opposition which includes far-right members.

Despite Andersson’s consent, the Green party refused to accept the budget made by the right-wing and left the government which made the first female PM also quit her position to run for re-election.

"There is a constitutional practice that a coalition government should resign when one party quits. I don't want to lead a government whose legitimacy is questioned,” she told Parliament.

The 54-year-old politician has expressed hope to be re-appointed Sweden’s Prime Minister, this time as a head of a single ruling party. She will inform the Riksdag of the next steps in the near future.

The former Finance Minister under PM Stefan Lofven was elected by only one vote as 174 MPs of a total of 349 voted against her candidature.

Lofven announced in August that he would leave office in November as well as the Social Democratic Party leadership.

Earlier this year he lost a no-confidence vote and resigned but retook office in July after the main opposition party the Moderates had not managed to form a new government.