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The Swedish Prime Minister unexpectedly announced that he will step down within three months, putting the country into new political turmoil before next year’s general election.
Stefan Lofven, who has been in office since 2014, said on Sunday that he will resign as prime minister and leader of the center-left Social Democratic Party at the next party congress in November.
“It’s not easy, but it’s right,” Lofven said. “This is the most important thing. What is suitable for gatherings? What is good for the country? What conditions do I give my successor?”
He said he hopes the party will be led by a new leader before the elections scheduled for September 2022.
The new prime minister must be confirmed by the parliament, and the center-left has a small majority in the fragmented and deadlocked parliament.
Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson is considered the front runner to succeed Lofven.
As a former welder and union leader, Lofven took over the Social Democratic Party in 2012 after the party’s poor performance in the first two elections.
Two years later, he led the center-left group to win the election, but his legacy was mixed.The Social Democratic Party has dominated Swedish politics for most of the 20th century. It retained power in the 2018 elections but only won 28.3% of the votes, which is its lowest support rate. 110 years.
During his seven-year tenure, Lowen dealt with two major political crises-the refugee crisis in 2015 and COVID-19 pandemicDuring this period, Sweden’s lack of formal blockade made it stand out internationally.His tenure was also affected Gang violence increased Shootings and explosions occur almost every day in the three largest cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.
The theoretical majority of the left is 1, but only two parties — the center and the left — refuse to talk to each other.
Lofven managed to appease his alliance partners, managed to retain power, and warned of the dangers of the right-wing government, which required explicit or implied support from the government. Anti-immigration swedish democratic party, Their roots lie in the neo-Nazi movement.
he is Forced to resign In June, he became the first prime minister to lose in a vote of no confidence when former Communists of the Left Party opposed him.but he Come back in a few weeks Due to the lack of viable alternatives.
The Swedish right has largely integrated the once-rejected Swedish Democratic Party and became more united, but they are only one seat short of the parliament.
If his successor fails to gain parliamentary support for the new government, Lofven’s resignation increases the possibility of early elections.
However, the elections originally scheduled for September 2022 still need to be held, which means that most parties are expected to avoid getting two votes in a few months.
“There are many signs that this will be the autumn of political turmoil in Sweden… During the government crisis in June, the financial markets did not react much,” an analyst at Nordic Bank wrote“This time the market may not react, although [the] Every time there is a new political turmoil, it tests the patience of the market[s]. ”