Sweden’s first female prime minister leaves office after seven hours of work
Of the eight parties in the Swedish parliament, only two are in the coalition. But this coalition fell apart after a few hours
Today, for the first time, a woman was elected to the post of head of the Swedish government & mdash; leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Labor Party and Minister of Finance Magdalena Andersson. She left office seven hours later due to the collapse of the cabinet of ministers associated with the decision of the Green Party to withdraw from the government coalition, reports Aftonbladet.
The resignation has already been approved by the Speaker of the Parliament. “ Speaker Andreas Norlen received and approved the resignation request from Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson. The speaker will contact party leaders to discuss the situation, and will give information on the ongoing [government formation] process on Thursday afternoon, '' & mdash; said in a message from parliament.
This situation is a continuation of the government crisis that has persisted in Sweden for about six months. It is associated with the balance of power in the country's parliament (Riksdag), which is approved by the prime minister. The Social Democratic Party, led by Andersson, now holds less than a third of the seats (100) in the Riksdag, while the Green Party & mdash; only 16 votes out of 349. Nevertheless, the Swedish government was formed on the basis of a coalition of these two parties.
In accordance with the principles of government formation in Sweden, a prime minister does not need to receive a majority of votes in support to be elected: it is enough if a majority of members of parliament do not vote against him. In today's vote, Andersson managed to achieve this result & mdash; she was voted for in full by members of her party and the Green Party. Two more factions & mdash; Left Party and Party of the Center & mdash; abstained during the voting. This provided her with a ratio of votes in which 117 in favor, 57 abstained and 174 against, and, accordingly, the election of the head of the government.
The split in the coalition government of Greens and Social Democrats, which she headed Andersson, was due to a vote on the budget in parliament. The Greens did not support the proposed project and announced their withdrawal from the coalition, which, according to Aftonbladet, automatically means the resignation of the government. At the same time, the Greens have already stated that they will not object to the formation of a one-party government of the Social Democrats headed by Andersson. If the balance of votes of other parties does not change, then even the votes of the Social Democrats, who occupy 100 out of 349 seats in the Riksdag, will be enough to re-approve Andersson as Prime Minister. “ I told the speaker that I was still ready to become prime minister, but in a social democratic one-party government, '' & mdash; she confirmed her intentions.
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