Swedish PM Lofven resigns


Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven on Monday resigned, one week after he lost a vote of no confidence in parliament, leaving it up the speaker of parliament to begin the search for a replacement. 

Following the no confidence vote last week, Lofven could have either called a snap election or resigned. 

Lofven had been given a deadline of midnight on Monday to either step down or call a snap election after losing the June 21 confidence vote when the Left Party withdrew its support. 

He had hoped to find fresh backing in parliament to secure his reappointment. 

"I have requested to be dismissed as prime minister. "It is the most difficult political decision I have ever taken," Lofven said.

Speaker Andreas Norlen will now have up to four attempts to find a new prime minister with enough backing from lawmakers. 

If he fails, a snap election must be called, little more than a year ahead of scheduled polls in September 2022.

Source:- Reuters


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