Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, of the Social Democrat party, said he will step down after a no confidence vote by Parliament, but will continue to serve in a “caretaker” role until a new government is formed.
Lofven could have called for an early election, but did not do so. That means Lofven will effectively still lead the government until September of 2022 when the next election for Prime Minister is scheduled to be held.
“A snap election is not what is best for Sweden,” Lofven said. “The speaker will now begin work on proposing a prime minister who can be tolerated by the Riksdag (the assembly). The government will continue to govern the country for now but as the caretaking government.”
Lofven heads Sweden’s largest party, but that party is still a minority in the Parliament and holds only about 100 of 349 seats. Sometimes multiple parties will make a coalition together, but Lofven lost the support of the Left Party before the no confidence vote.
The left-leaning and the center-right voting blocks each have about 40% of the vote while other smaller parties make up the other 20%.
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