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In A First, Swedish Government Collapses In No Confidence Vote

The development marks a historic moment for the European country since it is the first time that a prime minister has been ousted in such a vote.

A vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has been passed by Sweden’s parliament.

With total 51 abstentions, 181 of the 349 MPs voted in favour of the motion. The development marks a historic moment for the European country since it is the first time that a prime minister has been ousted in such a vote.

Stefan Lofven, the Social Democrat leader, has a week to resign or call a snap election.

This comes after the Left Party withdrew its support for the coalition in dispute over rent control.

The outcome confirmed the collapse of the Social Democrat’s minority coalition government with the Green Party.

The parliament’s speaker will have to begin cross-party negotiations to form a new government if Prime Minister Lofven decides to step down.

Amid a row over proposals to end a rent cap on new-build flats, Sweden’s Left party called for the no-confidence vote last week. The vote was proposed by the nationalist Sweden Democrats and backed by two centre-right opposition parties.

Any new government will get to enjoy the power until general elections, which are set to take place in September next year.

 

 

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