New Government appointed during Change of Government Council at the Royal Palace

The King, The Crown Princess and the Speaker of the Riksdag with the new Government in the Cabinet Meeting Room at the Royal Palace.

The King, The Crown Princess and the Speaker of the Riksdag with the new Government in the Cabinet Meeting Room at the Royal Palace. Photo: Ingemar Lindewall/The Royal Court of Sweden

On Friday 9 July, The King chaired a Change of Government Council at the Royal Palace. The Crown Princess, the Speaker and the new Government took part in the council.

The King opened the council by saying:

"This year marks 100 years since the first Swedish parliamentary election with general suffrage and equal voting rights.

"For almost half of this period – nearly 48 years – I have been Sweden's King and Head of State. I have thus led a number of Change of Government Councils here at the Royal Palace.

"Over the years, we have seen different majorities in the Swedish Riksdag. We have had governments with different strengths of parliamentary support. Governments have been appointed, dismissed and reformed.

"This has often involved a degree of turbulence. However, it has always been achieved in good democratic order.

"Almost two weeks ago, the Head of Government resigned following a vote of no confidence. Since then, the Speaker has led the work to appoint a new Government former.

"The Riksdag has now approved the outgoing Head of Government as a new Government former.

"Once again, we have confirmed the strength of our political system:

"Differences of opinion have been dealt with in an orderly manner. The democratic processes have worked as intended in our Constitution."

The Speaker then formally accounted for the formation of the Government.

Change of Government

The King then noted that a change of Government had taken place in accordance with Chapter 6, Article 6 of the Instrument of Government.

Once the public, televised part of the Change of Government Council was complete, the Speaker left the meeting. The King, The Crown Princess and the newly appointed Government then remained present for a regular Council of State.