Sweden’s first female prime minister resigns just hours after being elected

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Just hours after being installed as Sweden’s first female prime minister, Magdalena Andersen dramatically resigned on Wednesday evening after suffering a budget defeat in parliament and then losing her coalition partner in a two-party minority government.

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Ms Anderson said a decision by the Green Party to leave the two-party coalition had forced her to resign, but added that she had told the parliamentary speaker that she should be re-elected as head of the one-party government. expected to be appointed minister.

The Green Party said it would leave the government after the coalition’s budget bill was rejected by parliament.

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“For me, it’s about respect, but I don’t want to lead a government that has grounds to question its legitimacy,” Ms Anderson said at a news conference.

He said: “If a party chooses to leave the government then the coalition government should resign. Despite the fact that the parliamentary position remains unchanged, it needs to be tried again.”

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His resignation was a shocking turning point in a dramatic and historic day in Swedish politics. Hours earlier, Swedish parliament approved Ms Andersen as the country’s first female leader after she recently became the head of the ruling Social Democratic Party.

With the budget vote approaching, Ms Anderson said earlier on Wednesday that she would not resign if she lost, but changed her mind later in the day.

“I am of the opinion that [the opposition budget] That’s something overall that I can live with,” Ms Anderson had told reporters at a news conference.

His appointment was originally a notable milestone for Sweden, which has long been viewed as one of Europe’s most progressive countries when it comes to gender equality, but still holds the top political position. is not a woman.

In a speech to parliament, Aminah Kakabweh, an independent member who supported Ms Andersen, said Sweden is currently celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Scandinavian country’s decision to introduce universal and equal suffrage.

“If women are only allowed to vote, but are never elected to the highest office, then democracy is not complete,” Ms Kakabawe said. “There is something symbolic in this decision.”

Ms Andersen sought to secure the support of two other smaller parties that had supported Sweden’s previous centre-left, minority government – ​​the Left Party and the Center Party.

The Speaker of Parliament will now decide the next step in the process of forming a new government.

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