Sweden’s government collapses as prime minister loses no-confidence vote

Monday, 21 June 2021 - 21:11

Sweden's parliament has voted in favour of a no-confidence motion against Social Democrat Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, a historic result that means the country could face snap elections later this year.

Löfven is the first Swedish Prime Minister to lose a vote of this kind.

The parties that voted against Löfven were the Left Party, Moderates, Christian Democrats and Sweden Democrats.

The Left Party fall on the opposite side of the political spectrum to the others, and have traditionally supported the Social Democrats but did not agree to recent proposals to change Swedish rental laws.

A total of 181 of the 349 MPs voted in favour of the motion, with 51 abstentions. It is the first time in Swedish history that a prime minister has been ousted in such a vote.

The Social Democrat leader has a week to resign or call a snap election.

The decision came after a dispute over rent controls led the Left party to withdraw its support for the coalition.

The result means a collapse of the Social Democrat's minority coalition government with the Green Party.

If the prime minister decides to step down, the parliament's speaker will have to begin cross-party negotiations to form a new government.

“What we are doing today, we do not do lightly. We have done everything we could to resolve the situation. But when no-one else wanted to contribute to a solution, we’ve ended up here – and that is in line with what we promised,” the Left leader Nooshi Dadgostar said in a speech to parliament before the vote, referring to an ultimatum her party gave the government.