Swedish new PM steps down after four days in office amid noisy new government

Four days after she took over as prime minister, Magdalena Andersson said she was stepping down, effective immediately. Her role was already short-lived, as she was appointed with a reduced time frame. Under the leadership of the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats party, the Centre Party, the Liberal Party and the Greens had just days earlier agreed to form a new coalition government — with Andersson leading it — after three weeks of exploratory talks.

She said that, although the new government had made important progress, “it’s with a heavy heart I step down from the political arena and will not continue as prime minister.” But despite the center-left’s clear majority in Parliament and a majority of the country’s ethnic-Swedish voters, the center-right parties were uneasy about the appointment of a woman. Andersson initially supported a pluralist approach and vowed to bring different political parties into government, while also insisting that her party didn’t want to be the country’s main representative — particularly in light of the party’s tendency to attract former Nazis.

Sweden’s left was quick to condemn her resignation, denouncing it as a “blow to democracy.” The country’s trade unions will hold an emergency meeting today.

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