Fri Nov 26th, 2021 at 08:33:29 AM EST
Swedish PM Löfven resigned earlier this fall, paving the way for the Social Democrats to enter next years election with a newly appointed PM.
Those with good memories remember that this summer Löfven was voted out and then returned as PM.
His successor, current finance minister Magdalena Andersson was today voted in and then resigned a few hours later. She will be back though.
Frontpaged - Bernard
Those with excellent memories remember that the last Swedish election ended inconclusively with seats divided thusly:
For practical purposes the parliament can be divided in far right (Sweden Democrats, 62 seats), conservative parties (The Moderates, 70 seats, and the Christian Democrats 22 seats), the liberal parties (the Liberals, 20 seats, and the Centre, 31 seats) the cabinet parties (the Greens, 16 seats, and the Social Democrats, 100 seats) and finally the left (Left party, 28 seats).
The standard cabinet formations has been either conservatives plus liberals, also known as "The Alliance" (143 seats) or the Social Democrats with support from Greens and Left, aka "The Red-Greens" (144 seats).
Eventually in January of 2019 a Swedish cabinet was formed with the red-green cabinet, active support from the liberal parties and acceptance from the Left. Since then the Liberal party has shifted rightwards, and this summer the coalition was down to Green-Soc.Dem cabinet with acceptance from Center and Left.
And then came yesterday.
Yesterday the Center party (farmer/neoliberal) abstained in the vote for PM, meaning Magdalena Andersson got elected as PM for a soc.dem-green government. To get elected as PM, the speakers proposal needs to not be opposed by a majority of the parliament.
But then the Center party also abstained in the budget vote meaning the far right-conservative budget proposal passed over the cabinet's budget (that the Center party had earlier been part of negotiating). The budget proposal with most votes passes, so abstaining here had a different effect.
Then the Green party declared they would no longer be part of the government as all they got into the cabinet's budget got lost, so the Greens are no longer part of the coalition.
Then although the Greens still support Andersson as PM, she resigned as it is practise for the PM to resign if a coalition party resigns from government.
The soc-dems are still interested in forming a government even with a far right-conservative budget this year. Andersson both stepped down and declared interest in forming a one party government at the same time. The Greens will likely abstain or vote for Andersson so unless the Center party or the Left votes against Andersson she will soon form a one party minority government.
And its elections in September 2022. What has been showed here is that there are two real government options forming, the left bloc (Green,soc-dem and Left) and the far-right-conservative bloc (Sweden Democrats, Moderates, and Christian Democrats), with the two liberal parties split. The Liberal party leaning towards the far-right-conservative bloc (voted against Andersson and abstained in the budget vote, in effect providing acceptance towards the far right-conservative coalition) and the Center party... well after Wednesday, who knows what they want?