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Magdalena Andersson In Office Again

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Sweden’s first female prime minister Magdalena Andersson return to office again after political turmoil forced her to resign within hours of taking the post last week.

MPs backed Social Democratic Party leader Magdalena Andersson by a narrow margin in a new vote on Monday.

She will attempt to lead a one-party government until an election in September next year.

She stood down as prime minister last Thursday after her coalition collapsed.

Just hours earlier, Ms Andersson becomes Sweden’s first female prime minister by a single vote in parliament.

But the 54-year-old economist’s plan for forming a new coalition government with the Green Party was thrown into disarray when her budget proposal failed to pass.

Last week, Magdalena Andersson, has resigned less than 12 hours into the job.

First Female Prime Minister

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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