On Monday, a majority of lawmakers voted for a motion of condemnation from the far-right, which was passed with the support of the Left Party, the Conservatives and the Christian Democrats, thereby overthrowing the existing government.
This is a historic vote in the Swedish parliament on Monday, June 21: for the first time in the country’s history, the government was overthrown by a vote of no confidence. Since coming to power in 2014, the Prime Minister of the Social Democratic Party, Stefan Löfven, now has two options: resign and let the speaker start negotiations to find a majority that can form a government—perhaps under his leadership again—or Organize elections to elect the interim assembly until the legislative elections in September 2022.
After the members of the European Parliament voted, Stefan Löfven pointed out that Sweden is now “In a very complicated political situation”. Because, as he recalled, most of the people who fired him on Monday were just “temporary” And composed of all parties “Whoever has different views on political issues, does not have the will or the ability to jointly propose an alternative government plan”. Stefan Löfven must resign or hold an election before June 29th.
Just a few days before the Midsummer Feast on June 25, although the school holiday started a week ago, after the leftist party leader issued an ultimatum to the government, the political crisis has accelerated in recent days (Vänsterpartiet), Nooshi Dadgostar, June 15th. Relevance: New building rent liberalization reform project. The government has 48 hours to withdraw from reforms or discuss with tenant associations, and it also opposes rent liberalization. Mr. Löfven did not use delay to overcome congestion.
This topic seems almost anecdotal in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has claimed more than 14,500 lives in Sweden, and insecurity and immigration dominate the political agenda. But for the left-wing party, this was a core issue, as political scientist Jeanne Madstam recalled: “This has affected the redistribution policy. The party has stated from the beginning that if the principle of rent control is questioned, it will stop supporting the government.”
To understand the current crisis, we must go back to the September 2018 legislative elections. At the end of the voting, neither traditional group won a majority of seats. Former union leader and experienced negotiator Stefan Löfven took four months to change the course of parliament: centrists and liberals, who joined forces with the Conservatives and Christians from 2006 to 2014. The Democrats are in power together, but they refuse to take a back seat. Relying on the voice of the far-right (Swedish Democracy Party) to form a center-right government, agreed to reach an agreement with the Social Democratic Party and the Green Party, allowing Stefan Levine to win a second term.