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Sweden’s parliamentary speaker to nominate next prime minister… again

The speaker of Sweden’s parliament is set to hold a press conference at 2.30pm to announce the next steps in the country’s search for a new prime minister.

Sweden's parliamentary speaker to nominate next prime minister... again
Speaker Andreas Norlén, right, with then-prime-minister-elect Magdalena Andersson on Wednesday, seven hours before her resignation. Photo: Erik Simander/TT

Speaker Andreas Norlén released the statement shortly before noon after having met with the leaders of Sweden’s eight parties.

He is expected to re-nominate Social Democrat leader Magdalena Andersson, who resigned on Wednesday just hours after having been confirmed by parliament as the country’s next prime minister. This was sparked by the junior Green Party choosing to quit the government coalition after parliament passed a right-wing opposition budget with amendments co-authored by the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats.

If Andersson is nominated again, a new prime ministerial vote could under Swedish rules be held in parliament on Monday at the earliest and Wednesday at the latest. She is then expected to be re-elected, with the Centre Party, Left Party and Green Party confirming they would approve (or accept, as a prime ministerial vote needs no more than a majority of abstentions) her nomination just like they did the first time.

Her minority government is then expected to be a one-party cabinet made up of only Social Democrat ministers.

But of course, as we have learned from the past decade, in Swedish politics: anything could happen.

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Swedish political parties call for ban on conversion therapy

Multiple political parties in Sweden's parliament want to ban so-called conversion therapy, which aims to change young LGBT+ individuals’ sexual orientation.

Swedish political parties call for ban on conversion therapy

The Liberals have campaigned for a ban for some time, and a motion has now been submitted to parliament by the Social Democrats. Now, the Moderates and the Centre Party are joining them in calling for conversion therapy to be made illegal, Sweden’s public broadcaster Radio Ekot reports.

“The entire idea is that homosexuality is an illness which can and should be treated. That is, obviously, completely incorrect and a very out-of-place view in a modern society,” Centre’s spokesperson on legal issues, Johan Hedin, told the radio.

Conversion therapy consists of subjecting LGBT+ individuals to pressure or force to hide their sexuality or gender identity. According to MUCF, the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society, it occurs “to a not insignificant extent” in Sweden.

“We think there should be a ban. Sweden should be a tolerant country, where nonsense like this quite simply shouldn’t be allowed to happen,” Johan Forssell, the Moderate’s legal spokesperson told Radio Ekot.

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