King Carl XVI Gustaf granted a special audience to the Swedish Prime Minister at the Royal Palace on Monday, 28 June 2021.

King Carl Gustaf and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Photo: Henrik Garlöv, The Royal Court of Sweden

During the audience, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven informed the King of his resignation from the Riksdag (Parliament), following a no-confidence vote on Monday, 21 June.

According to the Constitution Act of 1974, the Prime Minister is responsible for ensuring that the Head of State is kept informed about matters concerning the nation. This mainly takes place at Councils of State, which are held three or four times a year and in which The King, The Crown Princess and the Prime Minister participate.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Riksdag will meet with various parties to appoint a new prime minister.

The Riksdag has 349 members from eight political parties, with elections held every four years.

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