Sweden's Prime Minister loses his job after a vote of no confidence

Sweden’s Prime Minister loses his job after a vote of no confidence


The Swedish parliament on June 21 officially removed Prime Minister Stefan Lofven after a vote of no confidence took place on the same day.

According to CNN, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven was removed from office after the results of the vote showed 181 votes of no confidence, exceeding the minimum of 175 votes. Mr Lofven was the first Swedish prime minister to be removed from office after a vote of no confidence. This has also pushed the Nordic country’s politics into a state of unpredictability in the future.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven. Photo: Reuters

The Swedish Democrats have called for a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, after the Left party withdrew support for Mr Lofven’s government over plans to ease rent controls for with newly built apartments in Sweden.

Jimmie Akesson, leader of the Swedish Democratic Party, told parliament that Prime Minister Lofven’s government had had poor leadership for a long time, declaring: “This government should not have been. should never be in power”.

The Left Party also blamed Mr Lofven and his ruling Social Democratic Party for the political crisis. “It is not the Left Party that has abandoned the Social Democratic Party government, it is the Social Democratic Party government that has abandoned the Left Party and the Swedish people,” declared Left Party leader Nooshi Dadgostar. .

According to CNN, Prime Minister Lofven will have a week to hand over the power to form a new government to the speaker of parliament, or hold an early general election. However, with the current impasse in the Swedish legislative branches, it is unclear whether the Speaker will be able to move on to form a new government after Mr. Lofven’s resignation.

Surveys show that the center-left and center-right sides in the Swedish Parliament have a fairly balanced support rating, making the political crisis unlikely to be resolved quickly.

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