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Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson resigns on the first day of work | World News

Sweden’s first female prime minister resigned within 12 hours after the collapse of the coalition formed by her party.

Social Democratic Party Magdalena Anderson resigned following the Greens’ decision to quit the two-party coalition after Congress rejected the budget proposed by the alliance.

She told the chairman of parliament that she wanted to be appointed as prime minister again as the head of a one-party state.

“I asked the speakers to be released from their duties as prime minister,” Anderson said at a news conference.

“I am ready to become Prime Minister of the one-party Social Democratic Government.”

The Greens said they would support her in a new congressional vote, but the Center Party promised to abstain. This is virtually the same as supporting her candidacy.

The left party also said it would support her.

These parties were unable to agree on a budget, but are united with the goal of preventing the populist and immigration-restricting party Sweden Democrats from playing a role in government.

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When Sirimavo Bandaranaike was elected in 1960, Sri Lanka became the first country to have a female leader. Photo: AP

“The Center Party will open the door for her (Mr. Anderson) to become prime minister,” its leader Annie Löf said on Twitter.

“Once again, make sure Sweden can have a government that is independent of the Swedish Democrats.”

Opposition right-wing moderates and Christian Democrats are favored by the Swedish Democrats, but parliament cannot secure a majority.

The fact that Sweden has taken such a long time to reach a female prime minister is considered embarrassing for many of the countries that introduced the right to regular elections 100 years ago and have long defended gender equality.

Neighbors Norway elected the first female leader 40 years ago, while Sri Lanka was the first in the world to be elected in 1960.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson resigns on the first day of work | World News

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