Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Loefven called for snap elections in March 2015

Dec 5, 2014 18:10 IST

Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Loefven of Social Democrat party on 3 December 2014 called for snap elections after losing budget vote in the Riksdag, the Parliament of Sweden. The elections will be held on 22 March 2015.

During the budget vote, the ruling coalition led by Social Democrats party- only won 153 of 349 votes, while a centre-right alternative garnered 182 votes.

The snap election will be Sweden's first since 1958 and is highly unusual for what is often considered one of Europe's most stable democracies.

Earlier in September 2014, Social Democrats party had won the parliamentary elections. It joined the Greens in a minority centre-left government that ended eight years of centre-right rule. However the Sweden Democrats became kingmakers after winning 13 percent of the vote.

About Snap Election

A snap election is an election called earlier than expected. Generally it refers to an election in a parliamentary system called when not required (either by law or convention), usually to capitalize on a unique electoral opportunity or to decide a pressing issue.

It differs from a recall election in that it is initiated by politicians (usually the head of government or ruling party) rather than voters, and from a special election in that the winners will serve an entire term as opposed to the remainder of an already established term.

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