Sweden’s Magdalena Andersson resigned Wednesday just hours after being made the first female prime minister of the nation over questions of “legitimacy.”
This is Magdalena Andersson, Sweden’s first female prime minister, as of today. She succeeds Stefan Löfven both as prime minister of Sweden and party leader for the Social Democrats. Magdalena Andersson is preceded by 33 men on the prime minister’s post. pic.twitter.com/mbKOV9tXBy
— Sweden.se (@swedense) November 24, 2021
“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, according to Fox News.
“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 report added.
The issue includes the government’s budget proposal being rejected in favor of one from Sweden’s Democrats.
Swedish politics getting a crazy! Magdalena Andersson resigns 7 hours after she was elected Sweden’s first female Prime Minister. She decided to quit after the Green Party chose to leave the government, as the budget has been negotiated with the Far-right SD.
— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) November 24, 2021
The nation’s leaders will gather Thursday to determine the next steps after the surprising move. The next election is not scheduled until September 2022.
The progressive nation’s selection of a female prime minister was short-lived, as the future of the nation remains a question mark following the latest surprise development.