Sweden continues to be led by a red-green minority government. The parliament, which Prime Minister Löfven had only thrown out of office half a month ago, now supports him.
The social democrat Stefan Löfven is again prime minister in Sweden. Nine days after resigning as a result of a vote of no confidence, he received the necessary support in parliament on Wednesday. It was enough for the 63-year-old that no majority in the Stockholm Reichstag voted against him: 116 MPs voted for him, 60 abstained. 173 spoke out against him – 175 no votes in the 349-seat parliament would have been necessary to prevent Löfven from returning to office as head of government.
Löfven now wants to rely on a red-green minority government again. It is expected that he will present his cabinet on Friday. His previous government was overthrown two weeks ago in the course of a dispute with the Left Party over fixed rental prices for new buildings by a vote of no confidence in parliament. It was the first time that a Swedish head of government had been brought down with such a vote.
Competitor gave up
Löfven then had a week to choose between resigning and re-election. He submitted his resignation early last week, after which his government became the interim government and the search for a new government began. The head of the moderates, Ulf Kristersson, was given the first chance to form a government. He gave up before the deadline – then it was Löfven’s turn to get the necessary majorities.
These are once again extremely thin: together, red-green only holds 116 of the 349 parliamentary seats – that is the 116 who now voted for Löfven. He only has a wafer-thin majority of 175 votes in total with the help of the Left and the Center Party, who abstained from voting in order to wave Löfven through.
New problems loom
The problem: the center refuses to allow the Left Party to influence. The Greens, on the other hand, do not like the reform demands to which the center has linked its support for Löfven.
As early as the negotiations on the next state budget in autumn, Löfven should face new problems. The next parliamentary election is scheduled for September 2022 in Sweden.