October 16, 2018

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Swedish PM to stand down after losing confidence vote

Swedish PM to stand down after losing confidence vote

The Swedish prime minister, Stefan Löfven, will step down after losing a confidence vote in parliament, but with neither major political bloc holding a majority it remained unclear who will form the next government. According to The Guardian, Voters delivered a hung parliament in an election on 9 September. Löfven’s centre-left bloc won 144 seats, one more than the centre-right opposition Alliance. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, with 62 seats, also backed the vote to remove Löfven.

Analysts expect the speaker to pick Ulf Kristersson, the leader of the Moderate party – the biggest Alliance party – to try to form a new government. But with the Alliance in a minority, he needs support either from the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, shunned by all sides since the party entered parliament in 2010, or the centre-left.

Löfven’s Social Democrats has ruled out backing an Alliance government. The Sweden Democrat leader, Jimmie Åkesson, repeated on Tuesday that his party would bring down any government that did not give it a say on immigration, healthcare, pensions and crime policy.

“If Ulf Kristersson wants to be prime minister it can only happen with my help,” Åkesson told Swedish television. The Alliance of the Moderates, Centre, Liberal and Christian Democrats has said it will not negotiate with the Sweden Democrats.

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