Speaker of the Parliament of Sweden
|Speaker of the Riksdag
The three crowns, as used by the Riksdag
Swedish: Herr talman
|Residence||no official residence|
|Nominator||The Prime Minister|
|Appointer||The Alderman (longest serving member),
following a vote in the Riksdag
|Term length||Four years (de facto)
a vote is always held after a general election
|Inaugural holder||Henry Allard|
when the Riksdag became unicameral
|Deputy||The 1st Deputy Speaker|
The Riksdag underwent profound changes in 1867, when the medieval Riksdag of the Estates was abolished. The new form of the Riksdag included two elected chambers, each with its own Speaker. Since the de facto introduction of parliamentarism in 1917, the Riksdag has properly functioned as the institution to which the Prime Minister and the Government are held accountable. In 1971 the institution was transformed into a unicameral legislature with 349 members. Since 1975, in accordance with the Instrument of Government of 1974, it is the Speaker and no longer the Monarch who appoints and dismisses the Prime Minister.
- 1 Duties of the Speaker
- 2 List of Speakers
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Duties of the Speaker
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The Speaker is the head and presiding officer of the Riksdag, and is elected by the chamber as the first order of business when the Riksdag re-convenes following a general election. As such he coordinates the work that takes place in the Riksdag. The office is mandated in the Swedish constitution and the duties of the office are set out on the Instrument of Government (1974) and the Riksdag Act.
The Speaker does not take part in the debates, nor does he participate in the parliamentary committees. While the Speaker is one of the elected representatives of the Riksdag, he is expected to remain unbiased and objective with regards to the political issues that are debated. The Speaker has no vote in the Riksdag, but the incumbent could use his vote as a member of the Riksdag if a tie appears.
The position of Speaker is the second highest ranked public position in Sweden. In terms of protocol, the Monarch outranks the Speaker since he is the head of state. However since that position is hereditary a person cannot be elected to become the monarch. The Speaker outranks the Prime Minister of Sweden.
Appointment and Dismissal of Prime Minister
One of the more important aspects of the work of the Speaker is to head the negotiations concerning the forming of a new government in case there is a shift of power after an election. The speaker proposes the new prime ministerial candidate to the chamber, and following a positive vote, the Speaker signs the commission (Swedish: förordnande) on behalf of the Riksdag. The Prime Minister appoints and dismisses his own cabinet ministers, forming the Government (Swedish: Regeringen), without the involvement of the Speaker.
The Prime Minister hands his letter of resignation to the Speaker, following either a voluntary resignation or a vote of no confidence.
In most other parliamentary systems, including other constitutional monarchies, these duties are instead handled by the head of state. Relieving the Swedish Monarch from exercise of political powers, although not the key objective from the outset, became nevertheless an important part on the constitutional reform in the 1970s.
The Speaker is assisted by three deputy speakers who are also elected by the chamber. The unwritten convention is that the First Deputy Speaker is chosen from the members of the largest opposition party, if the Speaker is a member from the largest majority party.
Regent ad interim
In case all adult members of the Swedish Royal Family who are in the line of succession to the Throne, as prescribed in the Act of Succession, are out of the country, the Speaker assumes the role of Regent ad interim (Swedish: Riksföreståndare). This would also be the case if they were all to decease.
The Speaker chairs the Riksdag Board (Swedish: Riksdagsstyrelsen), which deliberates on the organisation of the work of the Riksdag, directs the work of the Riksdag Administration (Swedish: Riksdagsförvaltningen) and decides upon matters of major significance concerning the international contacts programme.