| 27 February 2024, Tuesday |

Swedish PM faces no-confidence vote as government plunged into crisis

On Thursday, the far-right Sweden Democrat Party filed a resolution of no confidence in Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, which, if passed, may result in a fast election or a caretaker administration until next year’s normal elections.

The move was sparked by the Left Party’s announcement on Thursday that it would no longer back Lofven, who has led a minority coalition since a 2018 election, because it opposes the government’s plan to abolish rent restrictions on newly built flats.

“If we have a chance to replace this damaging government we will take it,” Henrik Vinge, the Sweden Democrat’s parliamentary group leader, told a news conference.

Lofven has relied on support from both the Left Party and two small centre-right parties since winning a second term in office after the 2018 election.

A simple majority in the 349-seat parliament would be required to pass a vote of no confidence. The vote has yet to be scheduled, although it is expected to take place within the next several days.

If the motion passes, Lofven has the option of resigning and entrusting the task of forming a new government to the speaker of the House of Commons, or calling a quick election.

Neither option is likely to break the current political impasse. According to polls, neither the center-left nor the center-right blocs would win a majority in today’s election.

Because there is no clear alternative, a caretaker administration – another option if a vote of no-confidence passes – would almost certainly be led by Lofven.

  • Reuters