Sweden’s centre-left government resigned on Monday, but Prime Minister Stefan Lofven refused to hold an early election, saying he would try to form a new coalition to break the parliamentary deadlock caused by the rise of nationalist parties.
Lofven said at the press conference: “There is still a year to go before regular elections. Given the country’s ongoing pandemic and the special challenges that may be involved, early elections are not the best choice for Sweden. “on Monday.
He said that the decision to resign was the “hardest” in his history.
The Prime Minister’s resignation means that the Speaker of the Swedish Parliament now has four attempts to find a new government. Sweden’s traditional left-right politics was shaken by the emergence of the nationalist Swedish Democratic Party, which entered parliament for the first time in 2010 and is now the third largest party.
Political experts say that the formation of a new government is far from certain. It took Lofven four months in 2018 to form a minority alliance between his Social Democrats and the Green Party. The alliance won two center-right parties in Parliament, the center-right party and the Liberal Party, and the former Communist Party. The support of the Communist Left Party.
The current political crisis was triggered by the joint efforts of left-wing parties with the Swedish Democratic Party and other opposition groups, leading to the first successful vote of no confidence in the current Prime Minister of Sweden.
The center party expressed its willingness to negotiate with Lofven, but would not negotiate with the left or the Swedish Democratic Party. The center has abandoned its demand for rent control reforms, and this issue has led leftists to vote against the government.
But the main center-right opposition party moderates may find it difficult to form their own coalition, because even with the support of the Swedish Democratic Party and the Liberal Party, it is unlikely to get a majority.
Former center-right prime minister Carl Bildt wrote on Twitter: “Now the Speaker of the Parliament has to find an alternative, but the new government has no clear way forward.”
One possibility previously used in neighbouring Finland and Germany and Iceland is the grand coalition between the Social Democrats and the center-right parties.
Lofven told the Financial Times on Monday: “I have not ruled out this. If the country enters a situation that requires it, then yes, I am open. But I can’t see it now.”
He added that early elections take four months to organize, and even so, there is no guarantee that they will provide a clearer picture of the parliament.Given that the two possible scenarios for the health authorities are the increase in the number of new coronavirus cases since August, Lofven said that it is better to try to form a coalition from the current parliament, rather than “hand it over” to voters