First female Prime Minister of Sweden resigns hours after winning elections

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Magdalena Andersson, who happens to be Sweden’s first female Prime Minister did not last a day in office after her election.

Sweden’s official Twitter account announced her resignation on Wednesday, November 24 hours after she was given the nod.

The move, according to reports, followed a budget defeat in Parliament Wednesday, Sweden’s Twitter account added, with lawmakers supporting the opposition’s bill.

The Green Party has also decided to leave the minority coalition government with Andersson’s Social Democrats, it said. “The current government will remain as an interim government until a new government is in place,” it added.

Andersson, 54, said she had told the speaker of Parliament she hoped to be reappointed as prime minister at the head of a “single-party, Social Democrat government,” Reuters reported.

She replaced Stefan Löfven, who recently stepped down as both the country’s premier and as leader of the Social Democrats party.

All the other Nordic countries — Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland — have previously elected female national leaders.


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