Sweden elected its first-ever female Prime Minister on Wednesday morning, but she resigned just seven and a half hours later after her far-left, Open Borders coalition government lost a key budget vote.
Politico.eu Magdalena Andersson, leader of the Social Democrats, was selected in a Riksdag (Parliament) vote as Sweden’s 34th Prime Minister on Wednesday morning, replacing outgoing migrant-crisis era leader of the Social Democrat Stefan Löfven.
Hours later, she was gone and the Speaker of Riksdag announced the search for another new Prime Minister would begin after Andersson’s government collapsed before she’d even had a chance to be sworn into the role.
After just seven hours as Sweden’s first female prime minister, Magdalena Andersson resigned on Wednesday evening after her budget failed to win enough lawmaker support to be passed, with parliament instead backing a spending plan penned by her anti-Open Borders/anti Muslim immigration adversaries — the center-right Moderate Party and Christian Democrat Party and the far-right Sweden Democrats.
The Greens, the junior party in Andersson’s Social Democratic Party-led coalition, then quit the government, saying the opposition budget did not contain enough of their policies. They could vote her back in, but for now, she’s gone.
It was a dramatic day for Andersson. On Wednesday morning she narrowly secured the votes she needed to be appointed prime minister, but doubts were already being raised about whether she could get her budget through parliament at a vote slated for the afternoon.
When the government’s erstwhile allies, the Center Party, said it would not back Andersson’s budget, it was all but inevitable that her spending plan would be rejected. “We have sought to be in government to deliver green policies, it is not our job to administer a budget negotiated by the far-right Sweden Democrats,” Stenevi said.