Sweden’s first female prime minister was re-elected just 5 days after resigning

Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson is back – just days after she resigned (Image: Reuters)

The Swedish prime minister overcame a tumultuous week by returning to the role she gave up just days earlier.

Magdalena Andersson, 54, became the country’s first and second female leader after being reappointed as head of a minority government.

Social Democrats Ms Andersson’s first term lasted only a few hours as her coalition partners, the Greens, voted after her budget was voted down by the far right.

She was re-elected by parliament on Monday with 101 votes in favor, 75 abstentions and 173 votes against.

Ms Andersson can be forgiven for feeling deja vu (Image: EPA)

The country’s rules stipulate a prime minister candidate can stay in power as long as they don’t have a majority of MPs voting against them.

“It was a big day last Wednesday, and today is a big day,” Ms Andersson told reporters, who could be forgiven for feeling deja vu.

While she is likely to stretch her job a little longer this time around, Ms Andersson faces new elections in just 10 months’ time, in September 2022.

Her weak minority means she will have to find support for her policies on both the left and the right.

She hopes her latest term lasts a bit longer than her first but faces an election next year (Image: Reuters)

She will also have to run with budgets put forward by the opposition Conservatives, Christian Democrats and far-right Swedish Democrats, after her own budget failed to pass.

Although a country that has long supported gender equality, Sweden has never had a woman as prime minister.

Ms Andersson succeeds the former leader, Stefan Lofven, after his seven years in power – she has served alongside him as finance minister.

Ms Andersson’s Social Democrats are enjoying low popularity ratings (Image: Getty)

The turmoil in parliament is unprecedented in politically stable Sweden, where the Social Democrats have dominated for nearly a century.

But the party is experiencing some of its lowest approval ratings ever, receiving the support of only 25% of the population.

Ms Andersson still needs to be formally appointed Prime Minister through a meeting with King Carl XVI Gustav, a ceremony she failed to perform last time.

She is expected to begin naming members of her cabinet on Tuesday.

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