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Swedish government narrowly survives no-confidence vote

STOCKHOLM — Sweden’s government narrowly survived a vote of no confidence on Tuesday in a significant victory for Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson as she scrambles to recalibrate her country’s stuttering NATO application.

The vote specifically targeted Justice Minister Morgan Johansson over his record on violent crime, but Andersson said last week that the whole government would resign if Johansson lost the support of parliament. 

In the end, 174 of 349 lawmakers voted against Johansson. Under the Swedish system, 175 or more votes are needed to remove a minister.  

Independent lawmaker Amineh Kakabaveh, whose vote had been billed as decisive, said she would abstain.

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