Country's first female PM forced to quit on very first day

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Sweden's first female prime minister has been forced to resign just hours after taking up her post. 

Social Democrat leader Magdalena Andersson quit as PM less than 12 hours after being appointed when her coalition collapsed, plunging the country into political uncertainty.

Ms Andersson said a decision by the Green party, the junior party in the coalition, to quit had forced her to resign after being unable to pass the government's budget. 

Magdalena Andersson reacts while she is voted as Sweden's first female prime minister on November 24, 2021. Source: Reuters
Magdalena Andersson reacts while she is voted as Sweden's first female prime minister on November 24, 2021. Source: Reuters

Instead, parliament voted for a budget drawn-up by the opposition which includes the anti-immigrant far right, the BBC reported. 

"I have told the speaker that I wish to resign," Ms Andersson told reporters overnight.

But she added that she had told the Speaker of parliament she hoped to be appointed prime minster again as the head of a single-party government.

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

"I have asked the Speaker to be relieved of my duties as prime minister," Ms Andersson told a news conference.

Hours after appointment as a prime minister, Magdalena Andersson told a news conference she needed to resign. Source: Getty
Hours after appointment as a prime minister, Magdalena Andersson told a news conference she needed to resign. Source: Getty

"I am ready to be prime minister in a single-party, Social Democrat government."

Andersson had been appointed Sweden's first female prime minister earlier in the day but her tenure proved the shortest of any of her predecessors.

She took over as prime minister from Stefan Lofven as head of a minority coalition backed by the Left and Centre parties but that alliance collapsed, with the Centre Party refusing to back the government's finance bill.

Parliament on Wednesday (local time) passed spending plans drawn up by three opposition parties, prompting the Green party to withdraw from the coalition and leaving Ms Andersson no option but to hand in her resignation.

The Speaker of parliament will now decide the next step in the process of finding a new government.

with Reuters

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