11 July 2021

Sweden’s Lofven re-elected PM in narrow parliamentary vote.

Swedish Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven was narrowly re-elected as prime minister by parliament.

Lofven needed to avoid a majority voting against him in the Swedish Riksdag. He avoided rejection by two votes in the 349-seat parliament, with one parliamentarian breaking party ranks to support him.

In Sweden, prime ministers can govern as long as there is no parliamentary majority – a minimum of 175 votes – against them.

Lofven, a 63-year-old former union boss, has headed a centre-left minority cabinet since a 2018 election that produced a nearly evenly split parliament and big gains for the Sweden Democrats, with whom several other parties refuse to deal.

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