Swedish Politics in Chaos
Sweden will hold a new election on March 22, 2015, just a few months after the previous general elections. The move was announced by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on December 3, 2014 after his government’s budget failed a crucial vote in Parliament. This is highly unusual for Sweden.
The trade unionist Löfven is leader of the Social Democratic Party. His cabinet, widely considered one of the weakest in recent Swedish history, is a minority coalition cabinet consisting of the Social Democrats and the Green Party. It was installed on October 3, 2014. Mehmet Kaplan, Sweden’s Minister of Housing and Urban Development from the Green Party, was born in Turkey. He has been accused of having ties to Islamic groups affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.