Magdalena Andersson, Sweden’s first female Prime Minister steps down within hours of being appointed

Magdalena Andersson, Sweden's first female Prime Minister steps down within hours of being appointed

Magdalena Andersson, Sweden’s first female Prime Minister steps down within hours of being appointed

Sweden’s first female prime minister, Social Democrat Magdalena Andersson, resigned on Wednesday after less than 12 hours in the top job after the Green Party quit their two-party coalition, stoking political uncertainty.

While her stint was unexpectedly brief, Andersson made history by becoming the first woman elected to the post of prime minister in Sweden, she was to formally take over on Friday. She resigned after her coalition partner quit the government and her budget failed to pass.

“There is a constitutional practice that a coalition government should resign when one party quits,” Andersson, a Social Democrat, told reporters. “I don’t want to lead a government whose legitimacy will be questioned.”

A hundred years after Swedish women were given the vote, the 54-year-old Social Democrat leader was given a standing ovation by sections of the parliament.