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Swedens first female Prime Minister forced to quit after 12 hours into job
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Sweden's first female Prime Minister forced to quit after 12 hours into job


Stockholm: The first female Prime Minister of Sweden, Magdalena Andersson, was forced to resign after 12 hours into office as her coalition collapsed, The Guardian reported. The resignation of Andersson, a Social Democrat, has furthered the country's political uncertainty.

Anderson said quitting a junior party of the coalition, Green Party, had forced her to resign. She added that she had told the parliament speaker that she hoped to be appointed again as prime minister as the head of a single-party government.

Meanwhile, the Green Party said they decided to quit after the parliament rejected the coalition's budget bill.

Andersson took office early on Wednesday after making a last-minute deal with the Left party to raise pensions in exchange for its backing in the vote. The concessions made to the Left caused the budget with insufficient votes to pass in parliament, and Green Party quit. Also, Green Party said that Andersson's planned tax cut on petrol would lead to higher emissions.

Andersson said that there is this practice that a coalition government should resign when one party quits. She doesn't want to lead a government whose legitimacy will be questioned. The Speaker, Andreas Norlén, informed that he had accepted Andersson's resignation and added that he would contact party leaders before deciding how to proceed.

Andersson has done a seven-year term as finance minister and is known for her slogan, "Sweden can do better". She had studied at the Stockholm School of Economics and Harward. She has a reputation for being direct and blunt, while she was described as a "bulldozer" by a Swedish public channel.

But Anders Lindberg of the daily Aftonbladet described Andersson as an independent Social Democrat and added that when some people say that they are scared of her, he felt it funny. She always wins in arguments since she masters all the details of the subject in a debate, he said.

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