Swedish Govt Toppled In No-confidence Vote
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Mon 21st June 2021 | 03:30 PM
Stockholm, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Jun, 2021 ) :Sweden's government was toppled on Monday after Stefan Lofven became the country's first prime minister to lose a no-confidence vote, meaning he can now either resign or trigger a snap election.
The motion of no confidence passed with a majority of 181 MPs in the 349-seat parliament.
It was filed on Thursday by the far right Sweden Democrats (SD), after the Left Party, which has propped up the government, announced it was planning to seek support for such a motion itself in protest against a government project to ease rent controls.
Critics have described the constellation as an "unholy alliance"" of parties at opposite sides of the political spectrum.
After 11 unsuccessful no-confidence votes in modern Swedish political history, Lofven, who has previously distinguished himself by his ability to survive political crises, becomes the first head of government to be ousted in this way.
But analysts note that Lofven could be chosen again.
"For a long time it looked like the minority government would make it until the end of the term, but the built-in divisions in the government's base have finally become too big," political commentator Mats Knutson told public broadcaster SVT over the weekend.
The political crisis was triggered by a project, which is still in its preliminary stages, to reform the country's rent controls and potentially open the door for landlords to freely set rents for newly constructed apartments.
On the left the proposal has been seen as being at odds with the Swedish social model and a threat to tenants.
Last-ditch efforts to appease the Left Party, which holds 27 seats, have been in vain.
An offer to invite stakeholders in the rental market for negotiations was dismissed as "not serious and political theater aimed at stalling the process", by Left Party leader Nooshi Dadgostar.
"To put Sweden in a difficult political crisis is not what our country needs now," Lofven told a Sunday news conference, noting that the country was still in the throes of the pandemic and accompanying economic crisis.
To secure power it signed a deal with two centre-left parties, the Centre Party and the Liberals, and was propped up by the Left Party.
Anders Sannerstedt, a political scientist at Lund University, believes Lofven's most likely move is "that he will resign".
But Sannerstedt noted that if Lofven resigns the political deadlock in parliament could allow him to return.
Jonas Hinnfors, a political scientist from the University of Gothenburg, echoed that hypothesis. "He is an extremely good negotiator," he said.
"Given that the seat distribution is the same, the most likely outcome is that Lofven will come back," Hinnfors said.