STOCKHOLM--The Swedish parliament on Monday voted to re-elect Magdalena Andersson as prime minister.

Ms. Andersson became Sweden's first female prime minister last week, but resigned hours later as her coalition government collapsed.

Following last Wednesday's prime ministerial vote, parliament voted down the government's budget bill, meaning a budget proposed by opposition parties was approved instead. The Green Party--Ms. Andersson's coalition partner--quit the government in response, forcing her to step down.

The fragmented political landscape in Sweden mean Ms. Andersson's Social Democrats party--which holds a majority of seats in the Swedish parliament--relies on the support of other minority parties to govern.

The situation has been exacerbated by the rise of the populist Sweden Democrats who have steadily gained popularity and currently hold 62 of the 349 seats in parliament. Many minority parties refuse to cooperate with the Sweden Democrats.

Following the vote and with no minority coalition possible, Ms. Andersson will now be forced to lead a single-party minority government.

Of the 349 members of parliament, 173 voted against her. If 175 had voted against Ms. Andersson, she would have lost the vote.


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November 29, 2021 08:09 ET (13:09 GMT)

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