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Sweden’s Newly-Appointed Prime Minister Resigns

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Sweden’s first female prime minister, Magdalena Andersson, has resigned less than 12 hours into the job.

Magdalena Andersson quits on day one after the Centre party withdraws support for her budget and Greens quit government.

The move has plunged the country into further political uncertainty.

Andersson said a decision by the Green party, the junior party in the coalition, to quit had forced her to resign.

She added that she had told the speaker of parliament she hoped to be chosen as prime minister again as the head of a single-party government.

The Green party said it would leave government after the Parliament rejected the coalition’s budget bill.

“I have asked the speaker to cancel my duties as prime minister,” Andersson told a news conference. “I am ready to be prime minister in a single-party, Social Democrat government.”

Andersson has earlier replaced Stefan Lofven as leader of the centre-left Social Democrats.

Sweden is the only Nordic country never to have elected a woman as national leader before.

Ms Andersson, who’s currently finance minister, did not win Wednesday’s vote.

However, she became PM because under Swedish law she only needed a majority of MPs not to vote against her.

A total of 117 members of parliament voted for her, while 174 voted against her. Fifty-seven abstained.

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