Sweden’s First Female Prime Minister Resigns Hours After Being Appointed | MarvelTvUpdates

Sweden First Prime Minister, Magdalena Andersson, a social democrat has resigned hours after her appointment because her coalition partner, Green Party quit the government and her budget failed to pass.

But Andersson said she had told the speaker of parliament she hoped to be appointed prime minister again as the head of a single-party government.

“I have asked the speaker to be relieved of my duties as prime minister,” Andersson told a news conference. “I am ready to be prime minister in a single-party, Social Democrat government.”

Ms Andersson was elected as prime minister earlier on Wednesday because under Swedish law, she only needed a majority of MPs not to vote against her

The Green Party has said it would support her in any new confirmation vote in parliament, while the Centre Party promised to abstain, which in practice amounts to the same as backing her candidacy. The Left Party has also said it would back her.

Andersson, leader of the Social Democratic party, decided it was best to step down from the post as she told a news conference “For me, it is about respect, but I also do not want to lead a government where there may be grounds to question its legitimacy,”

Her election at the head of a minority government followed an 11th-hour deal with the opposition Left party, in exchange for higher pensions for many Swedes. She also secured the support of coalition partner the Greens.

Of the 349 members of the Riksdag, 174 voted against her. But on top of the 117 MPs who backed Ms Andersson, a further 57 abstained, giving her victory by a single vote.

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