Jun 28, 2021 - World

Sweden's prime minister resigns after losing no-confidence vote

Stefan Lofven
Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, head of the Social Democratic Party, resigned Monday after losing a no-confidence vote last week and declining to call for snap elections.

The state of play: Löfven will remain as head of Sweden's caretaker government as the parliament speaker begins the process of asking party leaders to attempt to form a new governing coalition.

  • The political situation in Sweden is likely to remain deadlocked, as Löfven had already been leading a minority government after the 2018 election left no party with a majority.
  • The Social Democrats had relied on votes from the Left Party, which withdrew its support after a clash over proposed housing market legislation.
  • Neither the center-left nor center-right blocs in Sweden's parliament are interested in striking a deal with the Sweden Democrats, a far-right populist party that made significant gains at the last election.
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