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Prime Minister leads caretaker government

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The Prime Minister and the other ministers were dismissed by the Speaker of the Riksdag today. They retain their positions until a new government takes office. The Government is thus a caretaker government.

The Speaker will now consult with representatives of the party groups with the aim of proposing a new Prime Minister to the Riksdag. 

“Sweden is facing a difficult political situation following the Riksdag’s vote of no confidence, at the same time as we are in the midst of a pandemic. In this situation, my priority and that of my Government has been to do what is best for the country. With this in mind, rather than calling extraordinary elections I have today requested my dismissal as Prime Minister from the Speaker of the Riksdag. I have informed him that I stand ready to lead a government that can be tolerated by the Riksdag,” says Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. 

The task of the Government Offices is to prepare government business and in other respects assist the Government and the ministers in their activities. This also applies when the Government is a caretaker government. 

A caretaker government primarily makes decisions on ongoing or urgent matters. The only explicit restriction on the powers of a caretaker government is that it may not decide to hold extraordinary elections. 

On 21 June, the Riksdag voted in favour of a declaration of no confidence in the Prime Minister.