The Prime Minister of Sweden, the Social Democrat Stefan Löfven, lost on Monday a vote of no confidence in the Riksdag (Parliament). The initiative against the Executive rojiverde (for its historical alliance with environmentalists) has been widely supported by the right-wing opposition bloc -conservatives, ultra-rightists and Christian Democrats-, but also by the Left Party, Löfven’s external ally since he won the last elections in September 2018. The president now has one week to resign or call early elections.
The beginning of the end for Löfven began at the end of last week, when his government announced that it was preparing to ease rental income on houses in new buildings. For the Left, the issue of housing is a red line that the Social Democratic government should not cross. On Thursday, after the scuffle over the easing of rent rules, the ultra-Swedish Democrats (SD) rushed to present a motion of censure, according to Swedish Radio. After tough negotiations throughout the weekend, this Monday first thing in the morning the Risk day it has ended up taking away Löfven’s confidence with 181 votes in favor of a total of 349 deputies. The motion would have been successful with 175 favorable votes.
The historic trade unionist, 63, now finds himself between a rock and a hard place. Under Swedish law, the prime minister, who will speak to the media throughout the morning, either resigns from office, or calls early elections, something that has not happened in the Scandinavian power since 1958, according to Reuters. Polls, however, continue to favor Löfven’s party.