The Swedish government is on the verge of collapse after a majority in parliament on Thursday said it would support a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.
Monday’s vote could lead to snap elections or an interim government if it goes against Lofven, his center-left minority coalition.
All three right-wing opposition parties said they would support the vote, which angered the former Communist Left Party’s intention to lift control of new apartment rents. The four parties together have a majority in parliament.
The high drama that comes at a time when Sweden is battling the Covid-19 epidemic, when the Delta version was first discovered in India, highlights how fragmented has become politics in the Nordic country.
On Thursday, Lոֆfven blamed the Left for the vote, saying it was irresponsible to “plunge Sweden into a political crisis in the current situation.”
Populist, anti-immigration growth Democrats of Sweden has shaken the traditional left-right policy that has prevailed in Sweden for decades. In the early days of the political system, the Sweden Democrats now appear to be forming an anti-immigration bloc with three center-right parties against Lofven’s Social Democrats, his junior partner, the Greens.
But opinion polls suggest that both sides could fight to form a backward coalition with a majority in parliament, suggesting that difficult negotiations lie ahead.
Lofven, a former trade unionist, is widely regarded as one of Sweden’s most effective recent prime ministers, although he has continued to rule several times despite this possibility.
Even if Lofven loses the no-confidence vote, there is a possibility that he could continue as prime minister as head of the interim administration. He can call snap elections or simply resign and leave the formation of a new government to the speaker’s parliament.
Monday’s vote was initiated by Sweden Democrats, who exploited left-wing concerns about ending rent control. “If we have the opportunity to replace this harmful government, we will take it,” said Henrik Wingen, Sweden’s parliamentary leader.
The Swedish government has been criticized by the country Covid Commission: և a separate parliamentary committee to deal with the epidemic, in which case Stockholm refused to official block“Sweden has had much more deaths and hospitalizations than neighboring Norway, Finland or Denmark, but it has done better than many EU countries that have been blocked.”
Ulf Christerson, the leader of the “Moderates” – most likely the Prime Minister, if the opposition comes to power, will seize the battlefield of any snap elections. He wrote on Facebook on Thursday. “This government has failed in the really big problems of our time – crime, unemployment – integration.”
Gangland: shootings and bombings They have risen sharply in recent years, leading to criticism from Sweden’s Democrats and the rest of the right that the country is accepting more immigrants than most EU countries are struggling to integrate.
Lofven, who has ruled since 2014, is already Sweden’s only prime minister lose the vote of confidence, A step in 2018 that started the long government negotiations, which ended with him remaining in his role.