Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson resigns on first day in office

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Thursday, November 25, 2021

Woman holding a stack of document which reads 2015, held together with ribbon
Andersson with the 2015 budget proposition, during the walk to Parliament on October 23, 2014.
Image: Frankie Fouganthin.

Sweden's newly elected Prime Minister, Magdalena Andersson, the first female to hold the position, resigned on Wednesday only hours after taking office. The Social Democrat was not satisfied with the coalition government which had appointed her, and expressed her wish to be reappointed by a single party.

"I have asked the speaker to be relieved of my duties as prime minister... I am ready to be prime minister in a single-party, Social Democrat government." Andersson said to a press conference.

The new government's budget proposal was rejected for a budget proposed by the opposition parties, which was passed with 154 votes for and 143 against.

She is receiving support from both the Green and Left parties, while it is unclear if she has support among the Centre party which promised to abstain. These parties appear to be forming an informal coalition to oppose the Sweden Democrats, from garnering a role in government. But the coalition with the Centre party is already on shaky ground, with leader Annie Loof saying, "We cannot support a budget from a government which is moving far to the left, which we think the incoming government is doing."

Andersson, who is 54, has a masters degree in economics from the Stockholm School of Economics and has also worked as the Swedish finance minister. Her predecessor Stefan Löfven stepped down earlier this month to allow her to assume the role.