The cabinet of Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löwen has collapsed. Parliament passed a motion of no confidence in a disputed lease.
Levine must resign within a week before forming an interim government or holding elections early. The interim government may stay in office until the September 2022 elections have been scheduled.
The motion was supported by the left and right parties. Among the 349 Swedish parliamentarians, a total of 181 voted for the motion. The left-wing Vänsterpartiet, the tolerant partner of the Löfven minority government, and the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats are behind the motion.
The stumbling block is the government’s plan to liberalize the leasing industry. The cabinet said that this is a necessary measure to stimulate housing construction, but opponents believe that housing prices will rise explosively.
Before the vote, Löfven stated that he would not comment on whether he supports the formation of a new interim government or participates in the vote within three months. This is the first time the Swedish Prime Minister has been forced to resign due to a vote of no confidence.