The Swedish government appeared to be on track to escape a no-confidence vote against Justice Minister Morgan Johansson later on Tuesday, after independent member of parliament Amineh Kakabaveh stated she would not vote on the motion.
Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has stated that if her minister is voted out, her Social Democrat minority government will dissolve.
“I’ve concluded that I will refrain from voting,” Kakabaveh told public broadcaster SVT.
Without Kakabaveh’s vote, the no-confidence motion later on Tuesday is expected to win the support of only 174 members of parliament, one short of the 175 needed to topple the minister and thus the government.
Sweden’s centre-right opposition parties had sought to oust Johansson for failing to tackle gang crime that has led to a wave of shootings and murders in recent years.