The first female Prime Minister of Sweden, the social- Democrat Magdalena Andersson, resigned her post less than 12 hours after her coalition collapsed, plunging the country into new political uncertainty.
Andersson said that a decision by the Green Party, the junior coalition party, to resign had forced her to resign. She added that she had told the speaker of parliament that she hopedwould be reappointed Prime Minister at the head of a one-party government.
The Green Party has said it will quit the government after parliament rejects the coalition budget bill.
" J 'asked the speaker to be relieved of my duties as Prime Minister, "Andersson said at a press conference. " I am ready to be Prime Minister in a one-party Social Democratic government.
In a turbulent sequence of events, Andersson had become the first woman elected to the post of Prime Minister in Sweden earlier today after reaching a last minute with the left-wing party to raise pensions in exchange for its support in Wednesday's vote.
But the small center party withdrew its support for the budget of Andersson because of the concessions mades to the left, leaving the budget with insufficient votes to pass to parliament.
Parliament then adopted an alternative budget presented by opposition conservatives , the Christian Democrats and the Swedish far-right Democrats.
The fatal blow came when the leader of the Greens, Per Bolund, declared his The party could not tolerate the "historic opposition budget, first drafted with the far right", and left the government. Among other things, the Greens have declared that a proposed lower gasoline tax would herald higher emissions.
This left Andersson, who had succeeded Stefan Löfven as prime minister, at the head of a minority coalition backed by left and center parties, with no choice but to resign.
The speaker of parliament will nownt decide on the next step in the process of finding a new government.
"There is a constitutional practice that a coalition government should resign when it comes to resigning when it comes to resigning. 'a party quits,' Andersson told reporters. "I do not want to lead a government whose legitimacy will be questioned.
President Andreas Norlen has said he has accepted the Andersson 's resignation and that he would contact party leaders before deciding how to proceed on Thursday.
Reuters and Agence France-Presse contributed to this report