The leader of the Swedish Moderate Party, Ulf Kristersson, has failed to secure a confidence vote that would Sweden to form a new coalition government after more than two months of fraught negotiations.
Kristersson expected to form a government that would depend, indirectly, garner the support of the far-right Sweden Democrats, but by forcing a vote, Kristersson caused a split in the centre-right alliance.
The leader of the Liberals in the government, Jan Björklund, also said that they would not support a centre-right alliance led byKristersson. Björklund, instead, proposed the inclusion of the Green Party in the next government, something the Green Party, itself, said would not happen if the next government is dominated by parties that are right-of-centre.
As an Alliance, the centre-right controls 142 seats in the Swedish parliament. The nationalist, Eurosceptic, and anti-migrant Sweden Democrats have 62 seats.