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Sweden’s first female prime minister quits hours after being tapped

Magdalena Andersson poses during a press conference after being appointed as Sweden's first female prime minister at the Swedish parliament in Stockholm on November 24, 2021. (Erik SIMANDER / TT NEWS AGENCY / AFP)
Magdalena Andersson poses during a press conference after being appointed as Sweden's first female prime minister at the Swedish parliament in Stockholm on November 24, 2021. (Erik SIMANDER / TT NEWS AGENCY / AFP)

Hours after being tapped as Sweden’s prime minister, Magdalena Andersson resigns after suffering a budget defeat in parliament and its coalition partner left the two-party minority government.

”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 tells a news conference.

Andersson has informed parliamentary Speaker Anderas Norlen that she is still interested in leading a Social Democratic one-party government.

She says 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.”

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