A new era seemed to begin in Sweden on Wednesday, when Social Democratic leader Magdalena Anderson became the country’s first female prime minister.
However, her historic term lasted less than a day.
She resigned Thursday, the day after a painful budget defeat in Congress. She had just formed a minority government with the Greens and two major parties. However, after their budget was rejected in support of proposals by opposition parties, including the far-right Sweden Democrats, the Greens ceased coalition from frustration, leaving Anderson’s centre-left party without a partner. ..
“According to constitutional practice, the coalition government should resign if one party leaves the government,” Anderson said in a statement shared on Facebook’s page. “For me, it’s a respect, but I don’t want to lead a government that may have reason to doubt its legitimacy.” She met the speaker and asked her to be dismissed from her new position. He added that he asked.
Anderson’s resignation has plunged Sweden into political uncertainty. The country’s political situation has already been contested by a fragile coalition government, and in June a vote of no confidence was passed against former Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Anderson later succeeded Löfven as the leader of the Social Democratic Party.
Sweden at one point accepted more per capita refugees than any other European country. But that progressive image has been gradually eroded by the far-right populist sentiment led by the Swedish Democrats. As anti-immigrant and anti-European voices increased, the political spectrum shifted to the right.
Per Bolund, a spokesman for the Green Party, said his faction frustrated the government as Congress approved a national budget negotiated by opposition parties, including the right-wing Sweden Democrats.
The current government will continue tentatively until a new government is elected. Anderson, Sweden’s finance minister since 2014, said she was still ready to serve as prime minister, but only in a one-party government.