🇸🇪#Sweden: Parliamentary majority removes Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven as prime minister – the first Swedish prime minister to be ousted in such a vote.
A total of 204 of Sweden’s 349 members of parliament voted to remove to Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven as prime minister on Tuesday morning. 3 MPs were not present in the chamber for voting, and from the remaining 145 MPs, there were 0 abstentions and 142 votes in favour of Löfven.
Ahead of the vote, Ulf Kristersson, leader of the Moderates – the largest party in the centre-right Alliance opposition – told parliament, “today, after the election, we’re doing what we promised before the election. To the Alliance, it is obvious that Sweden needs a new government.” The Social Democrats, Greens and Left voted for Löfven, while the Moderates, Centre, Liberals, Christian Democrats and the Sweden Democrats voted against him.
The duty to request another party leader to attempt to form a government now lies with Andreas Norlén, the speaker of parliament, who was elected into the position the day before the confidence motion.
Löfven is expected to lead a caretaker government during the time it takes to find a new head of government, which is expected to take anywhere from several weeks to several months. The elections, which took place on 9 September, left neither of Sweden’s main blocs with an absolute majority. #Europe #Löfven #News