Swedish PM ousted in no con­fi­dence vote

Panay News - - MAJOR STORIES -

STOCK­HOLM – Swe­den’s prime min­is­ter Ste­fan Lofven will have to stand down af­ter los­ing the sup­port of par­lia­ment.

The anti- i mmi­gra­tion Swe­den Democrats ( SD) backed the vote to re­move him, weeks af­ter a gen­eral elec­tion that de­liv­ered a hung par­lia­ment.

In Tues­day’s dra­matic vote, 204 MPs voted against Lofven while 142 voted in fa­vor.

Par­lia­ment’s speaker will now pro­pose a new leader – a process that could take weeks.

Lofven is ex­pected to stay on as care­taker prime min­is­ter while his re­place­ment is de­cided on.

Lofven, the leader of the cen­ter-left So­cial Democrats, came to power in 2014. His cen­ter-left al­liance won 144 seats in this month’s elec­tion, one more than the cen­ter- right op­po­si­tion.

Nei­ther of the main blocs in­tends to gov­ern with the na­tion­al­ist SD, the third- largest party in the new par­lia­ment.

But the j ob of prime min­is­ter could fall to Ulf Kris­ters­son, leader of the Moder­ates. The new speaker, An­dreas Norlen, who is also a mem­ber of the Moder­ates, was con­firmed in the po­si­tion on Mon­day with the sup­port of SD. ( BBC)

REUTERS

Ste­fan Lofven, Swe­den’s prime min­is­ter for four years, failed to sur­vive the first weeks of the new govern­ment.

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