Magdalena Andersson Makes New Bid to Become Swedish Prime Minister on Monday

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Magdalena Andersson will make a new bid to become prime minister of Sweden on Monday. On Wednesday, she had resigned less than eight hours after her election after losing Greens’ support for her minority coalition.

 

Still, she believes it will be okay. Parliament will again vote on her premiership on Monday.

“I don’t want to lead a government whose legitimacy is compromised,” 54-year-old Magdalena Andersson said at a news conference on Wednesday. The former finance minister and leader of the Social Democrats announced that she had resigned after the Greens withdrew support for her minority coalition. They did so because Parliament had adopted an alternative budget draft from the opposition.

A new vote will take place on Monday, and Andersson will make another bid to become prime minister, this time staying longer than eight hours. The Speaker of Parliament has said that Parliament will decide on November 29 whether Andersson will be given a second chance. The chance that the Social Democrat may make another attempt to form a government is high, as there are no strong opponents.

“I deeply regret the events that took place in parliament yesterday (Wednesday, ed.),” parliament speaker Andreas Norlén said at a press conference on Thursday. These parliamentary upheavals “seem incomprehensible to the Swedish people and undermine confidence in the political system”.

Norlén spoke to the various party leaders earlier in the day, and their views on the election of the future prime minister have not yet changed. So there will be a vote on Monday on Andersson’s premiership, but this time as the leader of a fully social-democratic government, the parliament speaker said without the Greens.

Andersson already indicated on Wednesday that she would like to continue to govern without coalition partners, i.e. with only the Social Democratic Party in a minority government.

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