Social Democratic Party leader Magdalena Andersson who was voted as Sweden’s first female prime minister in the country’s parliament in Stockholm on Wednesday resigned few hours later after a budget defeat in parliament. The government’s own budget proposal was rejected in favor of one presented by the opposition. The vote was 154-143 in favor of the opposition’s budget proposal. “We cannot support a budget from a government which is moving far to the left, which we think the incoming government is doing,” Center Party leader Annie Loof told media. The Green Party has also decided to leave the minority coalition government with Andersson’s Social Democrats. “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 a news conference.
Andersson has informed parliamentary Speaker Anderas Norlen that she is still interested in leading a Social Democratic one-party government. Its party said it is prepared to stand behind Andersson in a new vote to tap a prime minister. Norlen, the speaker of Sweden’s 349-seat parliament, said he will contact Sweden’s eight party leaders ”to discuss the situation.”As prime minister, Andersson was preceded by 33 men. She holds a master’s degree in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics and has served as Sweden’s finance minister since 2014. Sweden was the only Nordic state never to have a woman as PM.