New Swedish PM Resigns On 1st Day After Coalition Collapses

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Magdalena Andersson resigned Wednesday after less than 12 hours in the office.

Sweden’s first female prime minister resigned Wednesday after less than 12 hours as head of government after the Green Party left its coalition, plunging the country into political uncertainty.

But Magdalena Andersson, leader of the Social Democrats, said she told the speaker of parliament that she hoped to be re-appointed prime minister as head of a one-party government.

The Green Party resigned after parliament rejected the coalition’s budget bill.

“I have asked the speaker to be relieved of my duties as Prime Minister,” Andersson said at a press conference. “I am ready to be Prime Minister in a one-party Social Democratic government.”

Andersson’s chances of being re-elected are good. The Green Party has said it will support her in any further confirmation votes in parliament, while the Center Party has promised to abstain, which in practice amounts to backing her candidacy.

The Left Party has already said it will support it.

Although these parties could not agree on a budget, they are united in the goal of preventing the Swedish Democrats, a populist and anti-immigration party, from having a role in government.

“The Center Party will open the door for him (Andersson) to become prime minister,” its leader, Annie Loof, said on Twitter.

“We will ensure, once again, that Sweden can have a government that does not depend on the Swedish Democrats.”

Opposition moderates and Christian Democrats are supported by Swedish Democrats, but cannot have a majority in parliament.

Andersson succeeded Stefan Lofven as Prime Minister at the head of a bipartite minority coalition backed by left and center parties. But that alliance collapsed when the Center Party refused to support the new government’s finance bill.

Parliament then passed spending plans drawn up by three opposition parties on Wednesday, prompting the Green Party to quit the coalition and leaving Andersson with no choice but to resign.

The speaker of parliament will now decide on the next step in the process of finding a new government, but will most likely nominate Andersson for another vote in the coming days.

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