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Prime Minister to lead a transitional government
Today, in accordance with the provisions of the Swedish Constitution, a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister was held in the Riksdag. Because Prime Minister Stefan Löfven did not secure adequate support in the Riksdag, the Speaker of the Riksdag has relieved the Prime Minister and the other ministers of their duties.
“The work of the Speaker now begins. I am at the Speaker’s disposal to form a new government with broad support in the Swedish Riksdag,” says Mr Löfven.
Once the Speaker has relieved the Prime Minister and the other ministers of their duties, they remain in office until the process of forming a new government has been concluded and the new government takes office. During this process of forming a new government, the Prime Minister leads a transitional government. The task of the Government Offices is to assist the transitional government until a new government has taken office.
A transitional government primarily takes decisions on ongoing or urgent matters. The only explicit restriction on the powers of the transitional government is that it may not decide to hold extraordinary elections.
The Speaker now begins the work of producing a proposal for a new prime minister by inviting all party leaders for talks on how a government may be formed. The Riksdag will then once again hold a vote of confidence in the incoming Prime Minister.