STOCKHOLM, June 21
Swedish center-left Prime Minister Stefan Lofven was ousted in a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Monday, plunging the country into deep political uncertainty as it tackles the Covid-19 pandemic. Lofven, who was defeated after nearly seven years in power over a plan to ease rent controls for new apartments, now has a week to resign and hand the speaker the job of finding a new government, or call a snap election.
First premier to get ousted by oppn MPs
- The no-confidence motion, which required 175 votes in the 349-seat Parliament to pass, was supported by 181 lawmakers.
- Stefan Lofven, 63, is the first Swedish PM to be ousted by a no-confidence motion put forward by the opposition in the European Union member state of about 10 million people.
- It is not clear to whom the speaker might turn to form a new government if Lofven quits. The government now has a week to decide and we will hold talks with cooperation parties.
With Parliament deadlocked and opinion polls showing centre-right and center-left blocs evenly balanced, the political crisis may not be resolved quickly, though economists say this would be unlikely to have a big impact on the economy. “The government now has a week to decide and we will hold talks with our cooperation parties,” Lovfen said. The nationalist Sweden Democrats called the vote an important issue for many voters. — Reuters