On Wednesday, Magdalena Andersson was announced the prime minister but she resigned shortly after, according to BBC News.
- She resigned seven hours later because her budget failed to pass and her coalition partner, the Green Party, quit the government.
- Instead, the parliament voted on the budget for the opposition party, which is anti-immigration and far-right, per the report.
- ”For me, it is about respect, but I also do not want to lead a government where there may be grounds to question its legitimacy,” Andersson said, reported by NBC News.
- Her coalition partner could also not accept the budget drawn by the far-right.
- Andersson, who was a finance minister before her appointment, hopes to become the prime minister again but as a single-party government leader this time.
Per NBC News, Sweden has been Europe’s most progressive country but has never had a woman in a top political post.
- “If women are only allowed to vote but are never elected to the highest office, democracy is not complete,” said Amineh Kakabaveh, according to NBC News.
Speaker Andreas Norlen said he will contact all eight party leaders to discuss the situation and will announce future plans on Thursday, according to NPR.
The Green Party is prepared to stand behind Andersson in a new vote, even though it was the party’s best interest to pull support from her after the defeat on the proposed budget, the report stated.