Fri Jun 25th, 2021 at 12:54:26 PM EST
Monday the Swedish parliament vote against the current PM, starting a political crisis the end of which is still not clear.
The vote was a straight up vote of confidence. If a majority of parliament rejects the PM, the government falls. Sweden is right now in caretaker government, led by the same PM. The PM has until Monday to either call a new election (which would mean a special election this fall, and a regular election next fall) or the speaker will get three attempts at presenting an acceptable PM.
Frontpaged with minor edits - Bernard
The issue at hand was de-regulation of rents in newly constructed apartment buildings. Sweden has since January 2019 been ruled by a Social Democratic and Green cabinet with an agreement with the two liberal parties - Liberals and Center - and passive acceptance of the Left party, with whom the liberal parties refuse to deal with on the national level. The neoliberal wing of the Center party really wants de-regulation of rents, so getting it into the agreement was a win for them. The Left party has been clear they would do their utmost to defeat de-regulation of rents. The national tenants association has been campaigning for some time now against de-regulation of rents.
So last week things came to a head as the Left declared an ultimatum whereby the government had to stop the process leading to de-regulation of rents in newly constructed apartment buildings or they would vote with the two conservative parties and the far right in toppling the government. Skipping ahead, that happened Monday. Wednesday, the Center declared they will give up on de-regulation of rents as there is no parliament majority for it (this is partially a fake-out as the conservatives are not against de-regulation of rents, they just seized the opportunity to topple the cabinet, and partially a way to blame the conservatives while dropping the issue), of course the Center party expects political compensations.
However, when the January agreement was enacted in 2019 both liberal parties agreed that the far-right had to be kept from power and thus they couldn't form a right-wing coalition government with the conservative parties as it would be dependent on the far right. This is still true for the Center party, which is doing well in the polls, while the Liberals that is polling around 2,5% has essentially thrown their liberal ideals out if it relates to migrants and decided that they now support a right wing government, even if dependent on the far right.
Center, Green, Social Democrats and the Left party would still have a majority of one. But last piece of news I picked up the Center party wants the Liberals to re-join the agreement if they are to take part. And there we are.
Now it is midsummer weekend, which is the start of summer. Today is work free for most, people are going to the country side, and those for whom vacation doesn't start next week are still getting into the summer mode. I don't know how that will affect things, but I don't expect anything to happen until Monday.