Hours after being tapped as Sweden’s First Female Prime Minister, Magdalena Andersson, Resigned Wednesday after suffering a Budget Defeat in Parliament, and her Coalition Partner, the Greens, left the Two-Party Minority Government. Earlier in the day, Andersson said she could “govern the country with the opposition’s budget.” The Dramatic Move came before Andersson was fully in Office, as she had Not yet had Counsel with the King.
The Government’s own Budget Proposal was Rejected, in favor of One presented by the Opposition, that includes the Right-Wing Populist Sweden Democrats. Sweden’s Third-Largest Party is rooted in a Neo-Nazi Movement. The Vote was 154-143.
Andersson, Leader of the Social Democratic Party, decided it was best to Step Down from the Post more than Seven hours after she made History by becoming the First Woman to Lead the Country. “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 told a News Conference.
Andersson, who was Finance Minister before becoming Prime Minister, informed Parliamentary Speaker, Andreas Norlen, that she is still Interested in Leading a Social Democratic One-Party Government.
Norlen, the Speaker of Sweden’s 349-Seat Parliament, said he will contact Sweden’s Eight Party Leaders “to discuss the situation.” Then he will announce the Road ahead.
Andersson said that “a coalition government should resign if a party chooses to leave the government. Despite the fact that the parliamentary situation is unchanged, it needs to be tried again.”
Even though the Green Party pulled its Support for her Government, it said it is Prepared to Stand behind Andersson, in a New Vote to tap a Prime Minister. But the Greens said it was in the Best Interests of the Party to pull Support for her after the Budget Defeat in Parliament.
“We have a united party behind us saying we can not sit in government that implements a policy (the Sweden Democrats) negotiated. We must look our voters in the eye and feel pride,” said Marta Stenevi, Green Party Spokesperson, as the Party chose to Resign from the Government. The other Green Party Spokesperson, Per Bolund, said “that is something we deeply regret.”
The Approved Budget was based on the Government’s own Proposal but of the 74 billion kronor ($8.2 billion) that the Government wanted to spend on Reforms, just over 20 billion kronor ($2.2 billion) will be Redistributed next year. The Approved Budget aims at Reducing Taxes, increased Salaries for Police Officers and more Money to different Sectors of Sweden’s Judiciary System.
Andersson’s Appointment as Prime Minister had marked a Milestone for Sweden, viewed for Decades as One of Europe’s most Progressive Countries when it comes to Gender Relations, but which had yet to have a Woman in the Top Political Post.
Andersson had been tapped to Replace, Stefan Lofven as Party Leader and Prime Minister, roles he Relinquished earlier this year.
Earlier in the day, 117 Lawmakers voted Yes to Andersson, 174 Rejected her Appointment, while 57 Abstained, and One Lawmaker was Absent.
Under the Swedish Constitution, Prime Ministers can be Named and Govern, as long as a Parliamentary Majority, a minimum of 175 Lawmakers, is Not against them.
The Current Government will remain as an Interim Government, until the Next Election, scheduled for Sept. 11th, 2022.
Then, Andersson gets a Second Shot. Norlen said he "deeply regretted" Wednesday's turn of events, which the Media described as a "nightmarish day". "This kind of behaviour risks hurting the people's trust in parliament and politics," Norlen said.
Andersson, 54, is expected to form a Minority Government made up solely of the Social Democrats.
Her Appointment by Parliament, next week, is expected to go ahead unhindered, as the Parties that Supported her on Wednesday, the Centre, Greens and Left, have all said they would do so again. However, she will face a Difficult 10 months running up to the Election, where Crime and Immigration are expected to Top Swedes' Concerns. She will Head a Weak Minority Government who will be Limited by the Opposition's Budget.
Nicknamed "Bulldozer" by the Media for her Direct and Blunt style, she has listed her Political Priorities, as moving away from the recent Privatisation of the Welfare Sector, Schools, Healthcare, and Elderly Care, and making Sweden a Global Role Model in Climate Transition.
She has also vowed to End the Segregation, Shootings, and Bombings that have plagued the Country in recent years, usually due to Gangland Rivalries or Organised Criminals battling over the Drug Market.
After her Election Wednesday, Andersson called it "a special day", coming 100 years after the Scandinavian Country allowed Female Suffrage.
All other Nordic Countries: Denmark, Finland and Iceland, and Norway, have seen Women Lead their Governments.
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