Sweden has been cast into a political crisis after the Left party withdrew its support for the government over a proposal to set market-based rents on newly built rental properties.
The withdrawal of support by the Left party left the government without a majority in parliament and was thus unseated in a vote of no confidence on June 21.
In order to continue governing, Stefan Löfven and the Social Democrats needed to keep intact the coalition comprised of the Green Party, Centre Party, Liberals and the Left party. The latter had a passive role in the coalition arrangement. This after the Social Democrats had managed to scrape together a government after the election in 2018 produced no clear majority in terms of the traditional left and right blocks.
In the agreement, liberal parties agreed to support Social Democrats on the promise that the Left would not get influence over political direction or government even though their (Left party) seats were required to make a majority possible.
The Left, after a protracted process of negotiations, agreed to give passive support to the government but with a promise to help oust the government should they ever table a proposal to allow market-based rents on newly built rental properties. This they said would cause rents to skyrocket for many people who already are struggling to pay the high rents in mostly inner cities of big towns.
When a report ordered by the government on the issue was tabled, the Left party went into overdrive, mobilising a majority of votes to unseat the government in a no confidence vote.
The chaos did not stop there, the Liberal party then left the coalition soon after the vote, leaving the prime minister with a new dilemma on how to return to power without a fresh election.
With one of the coalition partners, adamant that they will not participate in a coalition where the Left party is an active member, chaos continues to reign supreme and a new election sounds more and more plausible.