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Swedish PM resigns hours after starting role

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Sweden’s newly elected prime minister resigned yesterday, hours after she was appointed. Magdalena Andersson stepped down when her coalition partner, the Greens, quit the government. She was appointed Sweden’s first female prime minister yesterday and took office with pledges to tackle gang crime and preserve the country’s welfare state. The politician said she was ready to try again as leader, but of a single-party government. Ms Andersson, 54, had won a vote in parliament that meant she would have formally assumed power tomorrow. It was the final hurdle to taking the role after she was elected leader of the Social Democratic Party.

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