She was Sweden’s first female prime minister, but social democrat Magdalena Andersson has resigned just hours after her appointment. Report that Swedish media. The reason for her departure is insufficient support for her budget in parliament and the subsequent departure of the Greens from the two-party coalition.
At a news conference, Andersson said she does not want to lead a government whose legitimacy is questioned. “A coalition government must resign if a party chooses to leave the government.” She is also still open to the premiership and has informed parliament speaker Anderas Norlen that she wants to lead a one-party government with only the Social Democrats. Norlen, who is now in charge of this crisis, will meet with party leaders this week to “discuss the situation”.
The fallen government wanted to allocate 74 billion crowns (about 7.25 billion euros) for a range of reforms, including tax cuts and investment in agriculture and pandemic fighting. The budget proposal was rejected by parliament in favor of a proposal from the opposition, including the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats, the country’s third-largest party.
Andersson was willing to run the country with “the opposition budget”. The Greens were less enthusiastic and said they could not live with the alternative budget. “We should look our voters in the eye and be proud,” said a spokesman on Wednesday about the party’s departure from government.
Andersson’s appointment as Prime Minister was a milestone for Sweden. The country has been considered one of Europe’s most progressive countries in terms of gender equality for decades, but has never had a female Prime Minister before. Andersson replaced Stefan Löfven, who announced his departure earlier this year. The next national elections in Sweden are scheduled for September 11.
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