Sweden’s first female PM quits hours after taking office


Magdalene Andersson who took charge as Sweden’s first Prime Minister resigned hours after taking office. Her party suffered a budget defeat in Parliament and the coalition partner Green Party left the two-party minority government.

She informed the Speaker of Parliament, Anderas Norlen that she was still interested in leading a Social Democratic one-party government. The speaker of Sweden’s 349 seat parliament received her resignation and will contact the party leaders to discuss the further course of action.
The government’s budget proposal was rejected in favour of one presented by the opposition. The approved budget aims at reducing taxes, increasing salaries for police officials and allocating money for different sectors of Sweden’s judiciary system.
Andersson’s appointment was considered to be a milestone for Sweden as it is considered to be one of Europe’s most progressive countries but did not have a woman prime minister.



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