Leaving the government in Sweden

The Green Party will not rule on a bourgeois budget and therefore leaves the government to the Social Democrats’ Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson.

Sweden’s new Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has had a tough start. Just hours after she was approved by the Riksdag, her budget was voted down. Wednesday night she also announced her departure.

BUDGET: The Green Party’s spokespersons Per Bolund and Märta Stenevi announced at a press conference after the budget defeat that they are leaving the government with the Social Democrats. Photo: Pontus Lundahl / TT / NTB

The reason is, among other things, that the Riksdag approved the budget proposal for the opposition parties Moderaterna (M), Kristdemokraterna (KD) and Sverigedemokraterna (SD).

It is now clear that the Social Democrats’ coalition partner the Green Party (MP) is leaving the minority government.

– Not our job

At a press conference, MPs’ spokespersons Märta Stenevi and Per Bolund explain why they are leaving the government.

– Even though we have met the Center Party’s demands, they have chosen to release a budget negotiated by SD, which separates people and people, slaughters the environmental budget and increases emissions, Stenevi says.

– It is not the MP’s task to govern on an SD-negotiated budget. We have a unanimous party board behind us that we can not sit in a government on a budget that SD has negotiated, she says.

Knapp margin

Social Democrat Andersson’s budget proposal was voted down by 154 to 143 votes. Earlier Wednesday, Andersson was approved as Sweden’s 34th prime minister by the narrowest possible margin.

PRIME MINISTER: Sweden's Minister of Finance Magdalena Andersson in the Riksdag after she was approved as the new Prime Minister of Sweden by the narrowest possible margin on Wednesday.  Photo: Erik Simander / TT / AP / NTB

PRIME MINISTER: Sweden’s Minister of Finance Magdalena Andersson in the Riksdag after she was approved as the new Prime Minister of Sweden by the narrowest possible margin on Wednesday. Photo: Erik Simander / TT / AP / NTB

The background is that the Left Party on Tuesday agreed to give passive support to Andersson in exchange for the minimum pension being increased by NOK 1,000 a month. The Center Party’s leader Annie Lööf then thought that the Left Party had gained too much influence and would therefore not support the government’s state budget.

The MP says they are most critical of the fact that the opposition’s budget entails a reduction in petrol taxes.

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