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June 21, 2021

Sweden's parliament has passed a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.

A total of 181 of the 349 MPs voted in favour of the motion, with 51 abstentions. It is the first time in Swedish history that a prime minister has been ousted in such a vote.

The Social Democrat leader has a week to resign or call a snap election.

The decision came after a dispute over rent controls led the Left party to withdraw its support for the coalition.

The result means a collapse of the Social Democrat's minority coalition government with the Green Party.

If the prime minister decides to step down, the parliament's speaker will have to begin cross-party negotiations to form a new government.

Sweden's Left party called for the no-confidence vote last week amid a row over proposals to end a rent cap on new-build flats. The vote was proposed by the nationalist Sweden Democrats and backed by two centre-right opposition parties.

Any new government would remain in place until general elections, which are set to take place in September next year.