Swedish lawmakers elect PM Lofven to 2nd term

18th January, 2019 09:53:50 printer

STOCKHOLM: Sweden ended a four-month political vacuum Friday when lawmakers elected Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to a second term, after he elbowed out the far-right to save one of Europe’s few left-wing governments, reports AFP.

Lofven’s new minority centre-left government—comprising his Social Democrats and the Greens—won the backing of the Centre and Liberal parties, until now members of the four-party centre-right opposition Alliance.

Friday’s vote wrapped up months of wrangling after September’s inconclusive legislative elections.

Lofven ultimately made major concessions to the centre-right parties to win their support, notably pledging to introduce market rates for newly-produced rental housing and easing Sweden’s strict labour laws.

The prime minister is expected to formally present his new government and its full programme on Monday.

It will be one of the weakest administrations in Sweden in 70 years, with just 32.7 percent of voters having cast ballots for the two parties.