The Washington Post

First female prime minister resigns


Sweden on Wednesday confirmed Magdalena Andersson as its first female leader, nearly 100 years after the Scandinavi­an country extended women the right to vote. Her tenure was fleeting.

Hours after assuming office, Andersson resigned from the post when a member of the ruling coalition, the center-left Swedish Green party, quit the government in protest after lawmakers passed a budget bill backed by three right-wing parties. Andersson’s Social Democratic Party had put forward an alternativ­e budget proposal that failed to pass. Andersson said she hopes to form a single-party ruling government.

Andersson had briefly joined the ranks of around two dozen current female heads of state and government, according to UN Women, the United Nations agency focused on gender equality. About half of those women head European countries.

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