Swedish government removed in a no-confidence vote

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven

A no-confidence vote has been passed by Sweden’s parliament in the administration of Prime Minister Stefan Lofven. This is the first time in history that a Swedish prime minister has been removed from office this way.

A total of 181 of the 349 MPs voted in favour of the motion, with 51 abstentions.

Stefan now has a week to resign or call a snap election.

Sweden’s Left party called for the no-confidence vote last week amid a row over proposals to end a rent cap on new-build flats. Although Mr Lofven’s party does not support the measure, it had agreed to consider the plans to appease other opposition parties.

The vote was proposed by the nationalist Sweden Democrats and backed by two centre-right opposition parties.

If the prime minister decides to step down, the parliament’s speaker will have to begin cross-party negotiations to form a new government.