Monday, 5 October 2009

Swedish MP suggests changing King’s constitutional role

The Swedish MP Annicka Engblom (Conservative Party) last week presented a private member’s bill to the Swedish Parliament in which she suggest changing the King’s constitutional role so that the monarch in future will be the one who leads the process of finding a Prime Minister and suggests a candidate to Parliament.
This used to be the one of the King’s constitutional duties, but since the new Constitution came into force in 1975 it has been done by the Speaker of Parliament. Engblom compares Sweden to other monarchies and points out that Sweden is alone in allowing the Speaker to carry out this task, which in other monarchies is done by the monarch (or the governor-general in countries where the British Queen is monarch).
The bill may be read in its entirety at Annicka Engblom’s blog:

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