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The Riksdag calls for declaration of no confidence in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party)

Published: 21 June 2021 at 16.12

On Monday 21 June, the Riksdag voted in favour of the Sweden Democrats' call for a declaration of no confidence in the Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party). 181 members voted yes to the declaration of no confidence, 109 members voted no and 51 members abstained. 8 members were absent.

On 17 June, 36 members of the Riksdag called for a vote on a declaration of no confidence in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party). For a declaration of no confidence in the Prime Minister or in a particular minister, at least half of the members of the Riksdag – that is 175 members – must vote in favour of the declaration. On 21 June, 181 members of the Riksdag voted in favour of the declaration of no confidence in the Prime Minister. If the Riksdag decides that it does not have confidence in the Prime Minister, the entire Government must resign or call an extraordinary election.

This is the way the parties voted

Social Democratic Party

Yes – 0 votes, No – 94 votes, Abstentions – 0 votes, Absent – 6

Moderate Party

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

Sweden Democrats

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

Centre Party

Yes – 0 votes, No – 0 votes, Abstentions – 30 votes, Absent – 1

Left Party

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

Christian Democrats

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

Liberal Party

Yes – 0 votes, No – 0 votes, Abstentions – 19 votes, Absent – 0

Green Party

Yes – 0 votes, No – 15 votes, Abstentions – 0 votes, Absent – 1

MPs without party affiliation

Yes – 0 votes, No – 0 votes, Abstentions – 2 votes, Absent – 0

What will happen now

If the Riksdag decides that it does not have confidence in the Prime Minister, the entire Government must resign or call an extraordinary election. The Government must decide within a week from the declaration of no confidence whether an extraordinary election is to be held. If the Prime Minister and the Government instead resign, the Speaker will start his task of presenting a proposal for a new prime minister.

Extraordinary elections

About declarations of no confidence

If it no longer has confidence in the Prime Minister or in a particular minister, the Riksdag can force the Government's or minister's resignation by deciding on a declaration of no confidence.

For a vote on a declaration of no confidence to be held, at least 35 members of the Riksdag must propose that the Riksdag make such a vote. At least 175 members must then vote in favour of the proposal if the Riksdag is to declare that the Government or a particular minister no longer has its confidence. This represents more than half of the Riksdag's 349 members. If the Riksdag decides that it does not have confidence in the Prime Minister, the entire Government must resign or call an extraordinary election. If the Riksdag decides that it does not have confidence in a minister, the minister must resign.

The Riksdag has voted on declarations of no confidence twelve times - but has never voted in favour until today.

Declaration of no confidence