Sunday, November 28, 2021

Sweden’s first female prime minister resigns within hours

Sweden’s Prime Minister-elect Magdalena Andersson handed in her resignation hours after being appointed by parliament after her budget failed to pass and the junior Green Party quit the coalition government.

According to the report the budget approved by the parliament had looked at reducing taxes and an increase in salaries for police officers.

The report also says that the budget presented in the parliament was the government’s own proposal but of the 74 billion kronor ($8.2 billion) that the government wanted to spend on reforms, just over 20 billion kronor ($2.2 billion) will be redistributed next year.

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

Earlier, 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.

Before MPs backed Magdalena Andersson, Sweden was the only Nordic state ever to have a woman as PM.

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