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The autumn’s process of forming a government completed

Published: 23 January 2019 at 12.50

Updated: 23 January 2019 at 13.44

Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) is the new Prime Minister in a government consisting of representatives of the Social Democratic Party and the Green Party. The actual change of government took place on Monday 21 January before the head of state at a Council of State at the Royal Palace. Earlier the same day, Stefan Löfven presented the Statement of Government Policy. He also presented the names of the ministers in his new Government to the Chamber.

On Friday 18 January, the Riksdag voted on the Speaker's proposal to appoint Stefan Löfven as Prime Minister. Of the 349 members of the Riksdag, 115 voted yes, and 153 voted no. In total, 77 members of the Riksdag abstained from voting. As fewer than half of the members, that is fewer than 175, voted no, the Riksdag approved the Speaker's proposal.

Statement of Government Policy and Council of State

The change of government took place on Monday 21 January at a Council of State at the Royal Palace, presided over by the King. The Crown Princess, the Speaker and the new Government also participated. During the Council of State, the Speaker gave an account of the formation of government and the decision of the Riksdag. The King then verified that a change of government had taken place. This means that the Speaker’s duties in connection with the formation of government have been completed.

“A unique chapter in the political history of Sweden has been written since the elections last autumn. The process of forming a government has been incomparably long by Swedish standards. I can now confirm that the process has been completed, Sweden has a government and our ordinary parliamentary work continues at the Riksdag,” says the Speaker Andreas Norlén.

The Statement of Government Policy on the Government Offices' website

New Government

Earlier the same day, the new Prime Minister presented an outline of the Government’s policies, the Statement of Government Policy, in the Riksdag. The Prime Minister also presented the names of the other ministers to the Riksdag. The ministers represent the Social Democratic Party and the Green Party.

Sweden’s new Government on the Government Offices’ website

First debate between party leaders

A debate between party leaders will take place on 30 January. The debate gives the leaders of all the parties represented in the Riksdag an opportunity to argue in favour of the policies they wish to pursue.

Background

The election to the Riksdag took place on 9 September 2018. On 25 September, a vote on the Prime Minister was held in the Chamber of the Riksdag. The results showed that Stefan Löfven had insufficient support in the newly elected Riksdag as more than half of the members of the Riksdag voted against him. Until the new Government was appointed, Stefan Löfven led a caretaker government.

The Riksdag chose the Speaker

Andreas Norlén was chosen as the Speaker on 24 September through an election in the Riksdag. The Speaker immediately started the task of preparing a proposal for a new prime minister.

The Riksdag said yes to Stefan Löfven

In total, the Riksdag has held three votes on a candidate for prime minister, based on proposals from the Speaker: Ulf Kristersson (Moderate Party) on 14 November, Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) on 14 December and Stefan Löfven once again on 18 January. The Speaker’s first two proposals were rejected by the Riksdag. The third vote led to Stefan Löfven being chosen as Prime Minister, as fewer than half of the members of the Riksdag, that is fewer than 175, voted against the proposal.

Broadcasts

The vote on the latest proposal for prime minister, the Statement of Government Policy, a presentation of the ministers in the new government, numerous press meetings and elections to committees etc. can be viewed on demand via the Riksdag webcast service. The Statement of Government Policy was interpreted into sign language and English.

Webcast from the Statement of Government Policy