Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven has announced on Monday he was stepping down from the position, handing the speaker of parliament the job of finding a new premier after the Social Democrat leader lost a vote of no-confidence last week.
Lofven had been given a deadline of midnight on Monday to either step down or call a snap election after losing the June 21 confidence vote when the Left Party withdrew its support. He had hoped to find fresh backing in parliament to secure his reappointment.
“I have requested to be dismissed as prime minister. It is the most difficult political decision I have ever taken,” he said.
Speaker Andreas Norlen will now have up to four attempts to find a new prime minister with enough backing from lawmakers. If he fails, a snap election must be called, little more than a year ahead of scheduled polls in September 2022.