He announced his resignation last week, eight days after a motion of no confidence in parliament against Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and his government.
Löfven announced his resignation as prime minister in an online press conference on Monday. At the same time, he rejected the fact that the by-election of the Swedish Parliament will be held within the next 90 days.
On June 21, the Löfven-government-aligned Left Party joined the opposition far-right in a vote of no-confidence in parliament against Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and his government.
After the vote of no confidence, Stefan Löfven was given a week to form an alternative coalition to sustain his government. But failing that, he announced his resignation on Monday.
In this situation, the speaker of the parliament will request any other party or coalition to form the government according to the constitution. Thus, if someone fails to form the government for four consecutive times due to lack of majority, then according to the constitution the speaker will be forced to announce new elections within 90 days. It is to be noted that even if the by-elections and government are formed in the next three-four months, that government can remain in power till September 2022.
Stefan Löfven argued for his resignation, saying that according to the rules, the next national election of the Swedish Parliament will be in September 2022. In the meantime, forming the government by electing again within three months is also a time-consuming matter. So even if the new government comes, its tenure will not be for long.
Also, if the by-elections are disrupted due to the ongoing corona epidemic, the country will fall into a constitutional crisis, which may push the country towards more horrors. In that case, it is reasonable to have a new government who will run the country until the next election and save the country from constitutional crisis.
On June 21, 2021, the Swedish Parliament passed a vote of no confidence against Stefan Löfven's government. Out of a total of 349 MPs in Parliament, 181 voted against Stefan Löfven, 109 voted for, 51 abstained and eight were absent.
This is the first time in the history of democratic Sweden that a government or prime minister has been voted out of confidence in parliament.