Here’s Why Sweden’s First-Ever Female Prime Minister Quit Just A Few Hours After Being Elected

On Wednesday, Sweden made history after they elected the first-ever female prime minister. The problem? She quit a few hours later.

If you thought it was because she couldn’t handle the demands of leading a country, you would be wrong.

Magdalena Andersson, the now-former prime minister, sent in her resignation because another party called the Greens left her minority coalition government and she ended up suffering a budget defeat in Parliament.

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Not only that, but it is reported that the government’s budget proposal was rejected and instead another party got the go ahead. This party apparently includes right-wing populist Sweden Democrats who are discribed as Sweden’s third-largest party that is rooted in a neo-Nazi movement.

Even Israel’s ambassador wants nothing to do with them.

The votes came in at 154-143 in favor of the opposition’s budget proposal.

“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 reporters, according to the Associated Press.

It isn’t over just yet for Andersson, in fact, she repordedly has plans to hopefully get into office again but under different circumstances and with the support from the Greens.

And let’s hope so, because Sweden was the only Nordic country left that had never had a woman elected as prime minister. Sadly, it was gone as fast as it came.


Osobe is the Editor-in-chief at 6ixbuzz News leading both local and international coverage. She has written for VICE, The Canadian Press, Toronto Star, HuffPost and Aljazeera.
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