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Stefan Löfven (Social Democrat) has been elected Prime Minister

7 July 2021 klockan 15.30

Stefan Löfven (S) has been elected Prime Minister. On Wednesday, 7 July the Riksdag approved the Speaker's proposal for Prime Minister.

If more than half of the members of the Riksdag, i.e. at least 175 members, vote against the Speaker's proposal for a new Prime Minister, it will not be passed. Otherwise, it will be approved.

Voting results in the Riksdag:

  • Yes: 116
  • No: 173
  • Abstentions: 60
  • Absent: 0

How the parties voted

The Social Democratic Party

Yes – 100 votes, No – 0 votes, Abstain – 0 votes, Absent – 0

The Moderate Party

Yes – 0 votes, No – 70 votes, Abstain – 0 votes, Absent – 0

The Sweden Democrats

Yes – 0 votes, No – 62 votes, Abstain – 0 votes, Absent – 0

The Centre Party

Yes – 0 votes, No – 0 votes, Abstain – 31 votes, Absent – 0

The Left Party

Yes – 0 votes, No – 0 votes, Abstain – 27 votes, Absent – 0

The Christian Democrat Party

Yes – 0 votes, No – 22 votes, Abstain – 0 votes, Absent – 0

The Liberal Party

Yes – 0 votes, No – 18 votes, Abstain – 1 votes, Absent – 0

The Green Party

Yes – 16 votes, No – 0 votes, Abstain – 0 votes, Absent – 0

Independent Members of Riksdag

Yes – 0 votes, No – 1 votes, Abstain – 1 votes, Absent – 0

Document

Voting results(pdf, 1 MB)

Webcasts

The examination of the Speaker's proposal for Prime Minister was interpreted into sign language. The broadcast (in Swedish) can be seen afterward the event via the Riksdag webcast.

What happens now?

Since the proposal for Prime Minister was approved by the Riksdag, the Prime Minister must, as soon as possible after the appointment, notify the names of the ministers who are to be included in the Government. Then, the Government will take office on Friday, 9 July at a Council of State at the royal castle, chaired by the Head of State, i.e. the King of Sweden. The Speaker also attends the Council.

Background

Following the vote of no confidence in the Riksdag on 21 June, the Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) requested his dismissal on 28 June and the Speaker accepted his request. Stefan Lövfen then led a caretaker government in accordance with the rules of the Instrument of Government.

On 29 June, the Speaker began the task of preparing a proposal for Prime Minister for the Riksdag to vote on. On Monday, 5 July, the Speaker presented his proposal for Prime Minister to the House. The proposal was then also tabled for the first time. The second vote was on Tuesday, 6 July and the vote took place on Wednesday, 7 July at 2 p.m.

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