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Swedish PM Faces No Confidence Vote as Parties Unite Ag...



Swedish PM Faces No Confidence Vote as Parties Unite Against Him

A group of people socialise on a jetty on the water's edge at Tantolunden in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, May 22, 2020. Sweden, which has refused to close down schools and restaurants to contain the new coronavirus, is being closely watched as many other countries are gradually opening up their economies from stricter lockdowns. (Photo: Loulou D'Aki/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
By Bloomberg
17 Jun 2021 3

(Bloomberg) --Sweden’s fragile ruling coalition looks increasingly shaky after a leftist party won support from key corners of the conservative opposition to push through a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.

By Niclas Rolander
Jun 17, 2021, 12:48 PM – Updated on Jun 17, 2021, 2:06 PM
Word Count: 240

The Left Party, which isn’t part of the government, appears to have the backing of the Moderates, the Christian Democrats and the Sweden Democrats to oust Lofven’s minority coalition, according to social media posts and local media. The challenge is turning into the most serious threat yet to Sweden’s government, which was formed after an inconclusive election result in 2018.

The dispute centers on plans by Lofven’s Social Democrats to let landlords charge market rates for new rental apartments. The Left has slammed the proposal, which it says let’s down the tenants the government should be protecting. The conservative parties, meanwhile, are just eager to see Lofven go, even though they traditionally embrace deregulation.

A no confidence vote is now set to be held on June 21. If successful, it would topple the coalition of Social Democrats and Greens that’s ruled for 2 1/2 years with the support of two center-right parties. But from the get-go, the alliance has been an uneasy one.

Ultimately, the latest development shows how frayed Swedish politics have become since the emergence of the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats prevented the country’s traditional blocs from forming their own majorities. The Sweden Democrats hold just under one-fifth of the seats in the country’s parliament.

(Retops to reflect growing opposition to Lofven)
© 2021 Bloomberg L.P.


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