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Sweden's first female prime minister resigns hours after being appointed

Sweden's first female prime minister resigns hours after being appointed

Sweden's first female prime minister has resigned just hours after she was appointed. Magdalena Andersson, was announced as leader on Wednesday, but resigned after her coalition partner left the government and her budget was not approved.

Instead, parliament voted on a budget drafted by the opposition, which includes the far right against immigrants.

"I have told the speaker I want to resign," Ms Andersson told reporters.

Its coalition partner, the Green Party, said it could not accept a budget "designed for the first time with the far right".

Ms. Andersson said she hoped to try to become prime minister again as the sole leader of the party government.

"There is a constitutional practice that a coalition government should resign when a party withdraws," the Social Democrat said on Wednesday. "I do not want to lead a government whose legitimacy will be questioned," she added.

The speaker of parliament said he would contact party leaders in the next move.

Ms Andersson was elected prime minister earlier Wednesday because, under Swedish law, she needed only a majority of MPs.

One hundred years after Swedish women were given the right to vote, the 54-year-old Social Democrat leader was applauded standing by sections of parliament, or the Riksdag.

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

Of the 349 members of the Riksdag, 174 voted against it. But at the top of the 117 MPs who supported Ms Andersson, 57 others abstained, giving her victory by a single vote.

A former youth swimming champion from the university city of Uppsala, she began her political career in 1996 as a political adviser to then-Prime Minister Goran Persson. She has spent the last seven years as finance minister.

Before lawmakers backed Magdalena Andersson, Sweden was the only Nordic country to never have a woman as prime minister.

Emërimi si gruaja e parë kryeministre në historinë suedeze duhej të ishte arsye për një natë festimi për Magdalena Andersson, por dielli mezi kishte perënduar kur ajo dorëzoi njoftimin e saj.

Megjithatë, kompleksiteti i politikës suedeze do të thotë që ne nuk mund të supozojmë se e kemi parë fundin e historisë. Nëse do të ketë një tjetër votim për kryeministër, zonja Andersson ndoshta do të votohet përsëri. Kjo për shkak se partia e Gjelbër ka premtuar ta mbështesë atë, pavarësisht dorëheqjes si partnere formale e koalicionit. Por ajo do të përfundonte në një pozicion vulnerabël në krye të një qeverie të brishtë të pakicës dhe do t'i duhej ende t'i përmbahej buxhetit të krahut të djathtë të votuar tashmë nga parlamenti.

What he has underlined is that all this political chaos shows how divisive Swedish politics is now. We will have to wait and see if voters cross the block with a significant shift to the right or left in next year’s election.

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