Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Lofven will have to stand down after losing the support of parliament.
A total of 204 of Sweden’s 349 members of parliament voted no to Löfven as prime minister on Tuesday morning. No one abstained, 142 voted for Löfven and three MPs were not present in the chamber.
“Today, after the election, we’re doing what we promised before the election,” the Moderates’ Ulf Kristersson, leader of the largest party in the centre-right Alliance opposition, told parliament ahead of the vote. “To the Alliance it is obvious that Sweden needs a new government.”
The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) backed the vote to remove him, weeks after a general election. Parliament’s speaker will now propose a new leader – a process that could take weeks.
Mr Lofven is expected to stay on as a caretaker prime minister while his replacement is decided on.
BBC/ The Local Sweden