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Sweden’s first female PM, Magdalena Andersson resigns hours after appointment

Sweden’s first-ever female prime minister Magdalena Andersson has resigned just hours after she was appointed.

Magdalena was announced as the leader on Wednesday but resigned after her coalition partner quit the government and her budget failed to pass.

Instead, parliament voted for a budget drawn up by the opposition which includes the anti-immigrant far-right.

“I have told the speaker that I wish to resign,” Ms Andersson told reporters.

Her coalition partner, the Green Party said it could not accept a budget “drafted for the first time with the far-right”.

Ms Andersson said that she hoped to try to become prime minister again as a single-party government leader.

“There is a constitutional practice that a coalition government should resign when one party quits,” the Social Democrat said on Wednesday. “I don’t want to lead a government whose legitimacy will be questioned.

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

Ms. Andersson was elected as prime minister earlier on Wednesday because, under Swedish law, she only needed a majority of MPs not to vote against her.

A hundred years after Swedish women were given the vote, the 54-year-old Social Democrat leader was given a standing ovation by sections of the parliament, or Riksdag.

Her election at the head of a minority government followed an 11th-hour deal with the opposition Left Party, in exchange for higher pensions for many Swedes. She also secured the support of coalition partner the Greens.

SourceBBC