Magdalena Andersson, the first female prime minister in Swedish history, stops hours after taking over the role.
Sweden’s first female prime minister, Social Democrat Magdalena Andersson, has resigned after less than 12 hours in the top job after the Green Party left their two-party coalition, creating political uncertainty.
But Andersson said she had told the speaker of parliament that she hoped to be appointed prime minister again as head of a single-party government.
The Green Party resigned after the Folketing rejected the coalition’s finance bill.
“I have asked the speaker to be relieved of my duties as Prime Minister,” Andersson said at a news conference. “I am ready to be prime minister of a single-party, Social Democratic government.”
The Green Party said they would support her in any new confirmation vote in Parliament, while the Center Party promised to abstain, which in practice is tantamount to backing her candidacy. The Left Party has also said it will back her up.
The government’s own budget proposal was rejected in favor of one presented by the opposition, which includes the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats. Sweden’s third largest party is rooted in a neo – Nazi movement. The vote was 154-143 for the opposition’s budget proposal.
Chairman Andreas Norlen said he would contact Sweden’s eight party leaders “to discuss the situation”. On Thursday, he announces the next steps for parliament with 349 seats.
Andersson said that “a coalition government should resign if a party chooses to leave the government. Despite the fact that the parliamentary situation is unchanged, it must be tried again.”
Opposition plan approved
The approved budget was based on the government’s own proposal, but of the $ 74 billion ($ 8.2 billion) that the government wanted to spend on reforms, just over $ 20 billion ($ 2.2 billion) will be redistributed next years, informs the Swedish TV station SVT.
The approved budget aims to reduce taxes, increase salaries for police officers and provide more money to various sectors of Sweden’s judiciary.
Andersson’s appointment as Prime Minister had marked a milestone for Sweden, which for decades was seen as one of Europe’s most progressive countries when it comes to gender relations, but which did not yet have a woman in the top political post.
Andersson had been appointed to replace Stefan Lofven as party leader and prime minister, roles he resigned earlier this year.
Earlier in the day, 117 politicians voted yes to Andersson, 174 rejected her appointment, while 57 abstained and one politician was absent.
According to the Swedish constitution, prime ministers can be appointed and governed as long as a parliamentary majority – a minimum of 175 legislators – is not against them.
Sweden’s next general election is scheduled for 11 September.