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A new government has assumed office

9 July 2021 klockan 17.35

On 9 July, a new government with Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) as Prime Minister assumed office. The formal change of government took place at a Council of State at the Royal Palace.

The Prime Minister announced the ministers who will serve in the Government in the Chamber of the Riksdag. The Speaker Andreas Norlén then hosted a lunch with the presiding officers of the Riksdag and representatives of the new government. The formal change of government took place at a Council of State at the Royal Palace, chaired by the King and in the presence of Crown Princess Victoria.

The King, the Crown Princess and the Speaker together with the new government at the Royal Palace.

The King, the Crown Princess and the Speaker together with the new government at the Royal Palace. Photo: Ingemar Lindewall/Kungl. Hovstaterna

In his introduction, the King noted that he has been Head of State for almost 48 years and has experienced many changes of government, and that these have always taken place with respect for the rules laid down in the Constitution of Sweden. The Speaker gave an account of the process of forming a government, after which the King formally announced that a new government had assumed office.

The Speaker's work with the process of forming a government

On 21 June, the Riksdag voted in favour of a declaration of no confidence in the Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party). On 28 June, Stefan Löfven requested to be discharged from his assignment as Prime Minister. The Speaker started the task of preparing a proposal for a new prime minister on 29 June. On 5 July, the Speaker proposed that the Riksdag once again appoint Stefan Löfven as Prime Minister. The proposal was approved by the Riksdag on 7 July.

The Speaker's work with the process of forming a government