Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven Ousted

Sweden’s parliament voted to dismiss Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in a no-confidence vote on Monday, making him the first prime minister in the country’s history to be deposed by opposition MPs.

The Social Democrat leader has given a week to resign and hand the speaker the job of finding a new government or call a snap election. 

The no-confidence motion, which required 175 votes in the 349-seat parliament to pass, was supported by 181 lawmakers.

Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Akesson told parliament that the government was harmful and historically weak.

“It should never have come into power,” he added.

Lofven, 63, is the first Swedish prime minister to be removed from office by a vote of no confidence brought by the opposition. 

Following the vote, Lofven stated that he will meet with other parties and determine within a week whether to resign or call snap elections. 

The Left Party blamed Lofven for triggering the crisis.

“It is not the Left Party that has given up on the Social Democrat government, it is the Social Democrat government that has given up on the Left Party and the Swedish people,” Left Party leader Nooshi Dadgostar said.

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