Magdalena Andersson, Sweden’s first female prime minister, abruptly resigned less than 12 hours after taking office, citing a budget defeat in parliament and the loss of her coalition partner in a two-party minority administration.
Ms. Andersson said she had to resign because the Green Party had decided to leave the two-party coalition, but that she had told the house speaker that she intended to be named prime minister again as leader of a single-party administration.
After the coalition’s budget bill was rejected by parliament, the Green Party announced that it would exit the government.
“It’s about respect for me, but I also don’t want to lead a government where its legitimacy is called into question,” Ms Andersson said at a press conference.
“If a party chooses to leave the government, a coalition government should resign,” she continued. Despite the fact that the legislative situation is tense,
Despite the fact that the parliamentary situation is unchanged, it needs to be tried again.”
Her resignation came as a surprise in the middle of a dramatic and momentous day in Swedish politics. Ms. Andersson had lately become the leader of the ruling Social Democratic Party, and the Swedish parliament had just accepted her as the country’s first female leader.
Ms. Andersson had stated earlier on Wednesday that she would not quit if she lost the budget vote, but she later altered her mind.
At a press conference, Ms Andersson said, “I am of the opinion that [the opposition budget] as a whole is something I can live with.”
Her appointment was initially a watershed moment for Sweden in terms of gender equality, as the country had yet to have a female prime minister.
Andersson was chosen to take over as party leader and prime minister from Stefan Lofven, who stepped down earlier this year.