After her historic election as prime minister with direct resignation on the same day, Magdalena Andersson has a new chance. The President of Parliament criticizes the events.
Stockholm – After the vote is before the vote: The Social Democrat Magdalena Andersson, who resigned after a few hours in office, has a second chance to become Swedish head of government.
Parliament’s President Andreas Norlén proposed to the Reichstag in Stockholm on Thursday that the 54-year-old should be elected Prime Minister in a vote. This vote is scheduled to take place on Monday. At the same time, Norlén directed clear criticism of the Greens, who had left the government the day before because of a budget dispute and had thus caused unprecedented turbulence.
The previous finance minister, Andersson, was elected Sweden’s first female prime minister on Wednesday morning, but resigned on the same day. The trigger for Turbo’s surprise resignation was the fact that the Greens announced in the late afternoon that they would leave the government with the Social Democrats.
The party decided to do this after Parliament had approved an alternative proposal from several opposition parties instead of the red-green draft budget. For the first time, the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats were involved – a red rag for the Greens.
“I deeply regret the development of the events that we saw yesterday,” said Norlén at a press conference. Such occurrences threatened to damage confidence in politics. This turbulence could have been avoided if he had known of the Greens’ reservations about the budget. In that case, he would not have nominated Andersson last Monday, but would have waited until after the budget vote. With a new vote as soon as possible, he wanted to minimize the damage, said Norlén. The vote is expected to take place on Monday at 1 p.m.
Andersson is now aiming for a minority government made up entirely of Social Democrats. Her predecessor and party friend Stefan Löfven had been the head of a red-green minority government for the past seven years.
With the vote on Monday, it is important that no majority speaks against Andersson. In doing so, she can again count on the support of the Greens and the abstention of the Center Party and the Left, which they assured her. This support had ensured that Andersson was elected in the first vote on Wednesday: 174 MPs voted against her – 175 no votes would have been necessary to block her way into the office of head of government. dpa
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