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Hours after the selection of the new prime minister, Budget plunges the Swedish government into chaos

Sweden picked its first-ever female prime minister on Wednesday morning, but hours later its coalition government’s budget was rejected in the national parliament, potentially triggering a process that could see the new leader impeached.

Newly appointed Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson lost her first big vote as Prime Minister just hours after her appointment, losing a crucial budget vote as the right-wing opposition’s budget draft won 154 votes for and 143 votes against, Aftonbladet reports.

UPDATE 1725: Sweden’s first female prime minister resigns after half past seven

Sweden elected its very first female prime minister on Wednesday morning and less than eight hours later she resigned. The numbers were still against PM Magdalena Andersson – she only avoided her selection being blocked by a vote, and the budget vote later today looked likely to fail. After parliament voted against the government’s program, the coalition government collapsed with the withdrawal of the Green party – unwilling to come up with a right-wing alternative budget instead.

According to the convention of the Swedish system, this means that a new prime minister must be selected again.

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported Andersson’s comments on her resignation, which was accepted by the Riksdag chairman, when she said: “Of course, I fully understand that this appears to be messy. A party that voted this morning for a prime minister that formed a government with that party has now changed its mind.

A statement from the Speaker of the Swedish Parliament on Wednesday evening said: “The president will now contact party leaders to discuss the situation and will provide information on how the process is to proceed on Thursday afternoon.”

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In the Swedish system, the government proposes a budget for adoption by parliament, but opposition parties can also propose their own alternative budget. Parliament then chooses which one it wishes to pass, which can lead to the strange situation where a government may be forced to implement a budget proposed by its enemies. This is the case in Sweden after today’s vote.

The opposition budget, proposed by center-right moderates, Christian Democrats and Swedish Democratic (SD) populists, saw major opposition from the Greens, a member of the governing coalition. Left-wing Greens say they refuse to implement a budget that was created with the approval of the right-wing populist Swedish Democrats and have threatened to quit the coalition government with Andersson’s Social Democrats.

If the Greens step down, the government could collapse – a very serious situation on the first day of Andersson’s job as Sweden’s new prime minister.

The moderates also said they could demand a new vote for a new prime minister if the Greens leave the governing coalition, with party House leader Tobias Billström arguing that changes in the composition of the government would require a new vote on who should to be prime minister.

“The point is, Magdalena Andersson will probably have to have negotiations with her new government base. I don’t know which parties will get there, you have to ask him about it, but you can imagine that the Left Party which has had a few things to say in recent days will have a say in this too. said Billström.

Breitbart London reported earlier that Andersson’s election as prime minister was hotly contested, passing the Riksdag with one vote. In the upcoming budget vote, Chris Tomlinson of Breitbart said:

Barely surviving his own confirmation vote, Prime Minister Andersson begins his tenure as Prime Minister facing a budget vote later in the day that could easily result in defeat and even trigger another competition to select a new Prime Minister. Minister.

The Swedish Center Party, which has largely supported the red-green left coalition so far, has said it will not give the government a vote in the budget vote and will in fact support a “budget of ‘opposition’ alternative.

The Green Party is now wondering, with a potential defeat on the budget in a few hours, whether it is even worth continuing to support the government as a coalition partner, because without their budget passed by Parliament, their political agendas Leftists and Greens have won not being funded.

Per Bolund, spokesman for the Greens said the party was waiting to see the outcome of the vote on the new budget before making a decision.

“We now need to think seriously about the conditions for applying green policies. And we don’t have the power of government for itself, but we have it to enforce green policies, ”Bolund said.

Political scientist Magnus Isberg told SVT that if the Greens decide to leave government, it could lead to another vote for a new prime minister.

“When the President appointed Magdalena Andersson, he said at the same time that she would form a government made up of the Social Democrats and the Greens. The vote was taken on condition that this was the case, ”Isberg said.

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