There might be fight left in the Swedes after all.
It is not lost on me that this ouster comes fresh on the heels of a vehicular attack on children in Sweden today.
This morning in #Sweden.
– Car deliberately ploughs into group of 100 school children in #Karlshamn.
– A woman on her way to work in #Stockholm was raped.
– Shooting in #Malmö.
– Suspicious device thrown into house in #Norrköping, attempted murder.
— The Big Jimowski (@JimmyXJames) September 25, 2018
Stefan Lofven: Sweden’s parliament ousts prime minister
Sweden’s centre-left prime minister, Stefan Lofven, will have to stand down after losing the support of parliament.
BBC, September 25, 2018:
The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) backed the vote to remove him, weeks after a general election that delivered a hung parliament.
Mr Lofven was opposed by 204 MPs, with 142 voting in favour.
The parliamentary speaker will now propose a new prime minister, with centre-right leader Ulf Kristersson seen as the most likely candidate.
Mr Lofven is expected to stay on as caretaker prime minister while his replacement is decided, in a process that could take weeks.
What happens next?
Mr Lofven, the leader of the Social Democrats, came to power in 2014.
In this month’s election, his centre-left bloc won 144 seats, one more than the centre-right bloc led by Mr Kristersson.
Neither of the blocs intends to govern with the SD, the third-largest party in the new parliament with 62 seats.
A member of Mr Kristersson’s Moderate party, Andreas Norlen, was confirmed as the parliament’s new speaker on Monday, with the support of SD.
The splintered nature of the house makes securing a stable government tricky because:
- Mr Lofven’s party has ruled out backing a centre-right minority government
- Two of the four members of the centre-right bloc say they will quit if it negotiates a deal with the SD
If there are four unsuccessful attempts to form a government, that will trigger fresh elections – something which has never happened before.
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