Swedish prime minister ousted in parliament no-confidence vote

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Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven. Photo: Getty Images.
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Sweden's parliament voted to oust prime minister Stefan Lofven in a no-confidence motion on Monday.

It gives the Social Democrat leader a week to either resign and hand the speaker the job of finding a new government, or call a snap election.

The nationalist Sweden Democrats had seized the chance to call the vote last week after the formerly communist Left Party withdrew its support for the centre-left government over a plan to ease rent controls for new-build apartments.

Mr Lofven's shaky minority coalition with the Green Party has relied on support in parliament from two small centre-right parties and the Left Party since a tight election in 2018.

Deadlocked

With parliament deadlocked, it is not clear to whom the speaker could turn to form a new administration, while opinion polls suggest the centre-left and centre-right blocs are evenly balanced, meaning a snap election might not bring clarity.

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A new government — or a caretaker regime — would only sit until a general election scheduled for September next year.

It is the first time a Swedish prime minister has ever been ousted by a no-confidence motion put forward by the opposition.

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