Swedish PM Magdalena Andersson resigns just hours after humiliating budget defeat

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Ms Andersson only spent seven hours as Sweden’s first female prime minister before resigning on Wednesday night.

Her proposed budget failed to win enough lawmaker support to be passed, with parliament instead backing a spending plan penned by her adversaries — the center-right Moderate Party and Christian Democrat Party and the far-right Sweden Democrats.

Magdalena Andersson, who led a Social Democratic Party-led coalition with the Greens, has no choice but to step down after they quit the coalition, saying the opposition budget did not contain enough of their policies.

When a coalition party quits government the prime minister is expected to resign according to Swedish conventions, reports Politico.

Magdalena Andersson said: “I have met the speaker of parliament and asked to be relieved of my position as prime minister.

“However, I also told him I remain ready to be prime minister but for a Social Democratic single-party government.”

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