Monday, July 4

The Swedish Government of the Social Democrat Stefan Löfven loses the vote of no confidence

The red-green minority government of the Social Democrat Stefan Löfven lost a vote of no confidence in the Swedish Parliament on Monday with the vote in favor of 181 deputies, six more than half the parliamentarians of the Chamber, the minimum required.

The Left Party, an external ally and vital to the majority, announced on Tuesday a 48-hour ultimatum to the minority Swedish red-green government to withdraw or change a law on rents if it did not want to be left without their support and that there was a motion of no confidence. . The Social Democrat Stefan Löfven ruled in coalition with the environmentalists since January 2019 after closing an agreement with centrists and liberals after three months of tough negotiations and counting on the implicit support of the ex-communists.

The agreement included several controversial reforms related to the labor hiring model and the regulation of rents in new properties, introduced by centrists and liberals and that the Left Party already warned in its day that they were “red lines.” The party demanded on Tuesday that the project be withdrawn, which would allow the rental price to be agreed directly between the landlord and the tenant, or that negotiations be started with the Tenants Association. “If the government does not accept this, we will withdraw Stefan Löfven’s trust,” the leader of the Left Party, Nooshi Dadgostar, said at a press conference, highlighting that the new law would benefit the owners.

Faced with opposition unease over the plan that would allow homeowners to put market prices on new rents, Löfven had offered to negotiate with tenants and landlords until September 1 on how rents should be set on new apartments. building. However, the leader of the Left Party, Nooshi Dadgostar, rejected this proposal. “We have always said that negotiations cannot take place on the basis of the bill. Let the parties negotiate without threats,” he said on his Twitter account.

The motion, the first to be lost by a sitting Swedish head of government in history, was supported by the three right-wing opposition forces – conservatives, ultra-rightists and Christian Democrats – and by the Left Party.