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Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven lost a no-confidence vote last weekImage: Anders Wiklund/AP/TT News Agency/dpa/picture alliance

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven resigns

June 28, 2021

The Social Democrat lost a vote of no confidence last week and has now asked the parliament speaker to form a new government. A dispute over proposed reforms to Sweden's rental market led to Lofven's downfall.


Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced his resignation on Monday, giving the country's parliament speaker the job of finding a new premier.

Lofven's decision to step down comes just a week after he became the first Swedish leader ever to lose a no-confidence vote among lawmakers.

The vote was called after a left-wing party withdrew its support for Lofven's minority government due to a clash over proposed reforms to Sweden's rental market.

Lofven: 'Best for Sweden'

Following the lack of support among his peers, Lofven could have either called a snap election or resigned. But in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Lofven told a news conference a snap election was "not what is best for Sweden."

"The speaker will now begin work on proposing a prime minister who can be tolerated by the Riksdag [assembly]. The government will continue to govern the country for now, but as the caretaking government.''

Parliament speaker Andreas Norlen will have up to four attempts to find a new prime minister. It is up to him to start talks with party leaders who are able to form a new government.

Clinging to power

A former union boss and welder, Lofven had headed a fragile minority coalition with the Greens since 2018, relying on support from two small center-right parties and the Left Party in order to form a government — which was four months in the making.

Last week's motion of no confidence had triggered frenzied talks across the political spectrum as both blocs tried to line up enough support to form a government.

But with the center-left and center-right blocs evenly balanced in the polls, a general election, the next of which is scheduled for September 2022, might find Sweden in a political stalemate once more.

jsi/rt (Reuters, dpa, AP, AFP)

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