Sweden’s first ever female PM resigns after 8 hours

Copenhagen, Nov 24 (EFE).- The Swedish Prime Minister, Social Democrat Magdalena Andersson, resigned Wednesday only hours after being appointed.

Sweden’s first ever female prime minister resigned after her coalition partner, the Greens, left the government because the government’s proposed budget failed to get parliamentary approval.

“A coalition government must resign when one party leaves. I do not want to lead a government whose legitimacy is questioned. That is why I have submitted my resignation,” Andersson said at a press conference, adding that she would still try to form a single-party minority government.

In June, her predecessor Stefan Löfven became the first incumbent Swedish head of government to lose a no-confidence motion that was tabled by the Socialists in protest at a centrist-driven rent reform that was later withdrawn and allowed him to be re-elected a couple of weeks later.

Löfven made a surprise announcement in August that he would be stepping down from his posts to pave the way for his successor. EFE


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