Swedish PM ousted in no confidence vote
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)
Stefan Lofven, Sweden’s prime minister for four years, failed to survive the first weeks of the new government.