Prime Minister Stefan Lofven amidst an obvious enmity to his reign has announced he would be stepping down in November to permit a successor the chances of preparing for the general election in September 2022.
After being made to leave office in a historic vote of no confidence, the Prime Minister was restored to his position by parliament.
The 64-year old who had been party chairman for ten years and prime minister since 2014 affirmed on Sunday that he would be stepping down as party leader and tendering his resignation as prime minister emphasizing that everything had a conclusion.
The prime minister is reported to have led a minority government that strived to find roots in a coalition after some inconclusive elections in 2018.
Stefan Lofven who had previously mentioned that he planned to present himself as the party candidate for the election in 2022 shocked everyone by disclosing his resignation.
Political commentator, Ewa Stenberg, however, stated that the 64-year-old Prime Minister was making a shrewd decision as he had not been a good debater or campaigner; noting he had not been the person Social Democrats needed in a challenging campaign.
She admitted that it was practical he handed the reins to a different candidate that could ignite people’s enthusiasm in the party.
There are speculations that finance minister, Magdalena Andersson would be stepping up as Lofven’s successor because Andersson who has served as finance minister for 7 years had sometimes represented the prime minister on special occasions.
There are also speculations that heath minister Lena Hallengren could be the likely successor due to how much the public acknowledged her for her dealing with the pandemic – although the country has never had a woman as prime minister.