Sweden moves towards another minority government

EPA-EFE/HENRIK MONTGOMERY

Swedish Prime Minister and Social democrat party leader Stefan Lofven in Stockholm on August 29, 2018.

Sweden moves towards another minority government


Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Share on LinkedIn
+

The interim prime minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven, will attempt to form a government next week with the tacit support of the centre-right despite the fact that his counterpart in the Center Party, Annie Lööf, says she and her supporters could abstain from voting against Löfven, a Social Democrat, in a parliamentary vote set for early December in exchange for specific policy concessions.

With an 8% share of the vote, the centre-right party is not breaking ranks with the traditional right-of-centre alliance by joining the government. By abstaining, however, it would allow the incumbent left-wing coalition to remain in power.

The Center Party has demanded lower taxes, labour market reform, and a more open housing market. Lööf has given Löfven until next week to respond, but the scope for manoeuvre is limited.

Sweden has had a hung parliament since September. Löfven’s coalition government enjoys the support of three parties and 144 MPs in the 365-seat parliament. The Center Party could tilt the balance between right and left with its 31 seats and produce a Swedish version of Germany’s broad coalition.

The Swedish centre-right has been unable to form a government after the Liberal and Centre parties refused to participate in a government that would hand over direct or indirect influence to the far-right over policy.

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Share on LinkedIn
+