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The Swedish Parliament voted on the 24th to elect Sweden’s first female Prime Minister Anderson, but she resigned less than 8 hours after being elected.Photo: Associated Press/Dazhi Video

The Swedish Parliament voted on the 24th to elect the first female prime minister of Sweden (Magdalena Andersson), but Andersson resigned from office less than 8 hours after being elected because the budget failed to pass and the Green Party withdrew from the coalition government. Anderson told reporters: “There is a constitutional convention that when a party withdraws, the coalition government should resign.” She added: “I don’t want to lead a coalition government whose legitimacy will be questioned.”

Anderson emphasized that he hopes to be re-elected as prime minister as soon as possible and become the head of the minority government composed of only the Social Democratic Party. After the resignation of former Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, she succeeded as the leader of the Social Democratic Party and reached an agreement with the Lest Party to increase her pension in exchange for her support in the vote on Wednesday. Elected as the first female prime minister in Swedish history.

However, due to Anderson’s concessions to the left-wing party, the small party Centre Party subsequently withdrew its support for Anderson’s budget, which prevented the budget from getting enough votes to be passed by Congress. Instead, Congress passed the anti-conservative proposal. The alternative budget proposed by the Moderate Party, the Christian Democrats and the far-right Sweden Democrats.

The leader of the Green Party, Per Bolund, bluntly stated that his party could not stand the opposition “for the first time in history to draft a historic budget with the far-right” and withdrew from the coalition government. However, the Green Party stated that it would not join the Anderson cabinet, but said it would not block her appointment. The Speaker of the National Assembly, Andreas Norlen, said that he has accepted Anderson’s resignation and will contact the leaders of various political parties on the 25th to decide how to proceed.

The Swedish Parliament voted on the 24th to elect the first female prime minister of Sweden (Magdalena Andersson), but Andersson resigned from office less than 8 hours after being elected because the budget failed to pass and the Green Party withdrew from the coalition government. Anderson told reporters: “There is a constitutional convention that when a party withdraws, the coalition government should resign.” She added: “I don’t want to lead a coalition government whose legitimacy will be questioned.”

After the resignation of former Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, Anderson succeeded as the leader of the Social Democrats and reached an agreement with the Lest Party to increase pensions in exchange for his support in the vote on Wednesday. Elected as the first female prime minister in Swedish history.

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