Swedish PM Löfven loses confidence vote

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven (R) looks on as he was ousted on the day in a no-confidence vote in the Swedish Parliament Riksdagen in Stockholm, Sweden, 25 September 2018. A total of 204 of Sweden's 349 members of parliament voted no to Lofven as prime minister. EPA-EFE/ANDERS WIKLUND SWEDEN OUT

Swedish PM Löfven loses confidence vote


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Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven lost a confidence vote on Tuesday morning. The centre-right has the chance to form a government.

A total 204 MPs voted against Löfven and 142 voted in his favour. There were no abstentions.

The incumbent prime minister will continue to lead a transitional government until a new one comes to office.

The new Speaker of Parliament is the Moderate Party MP Andreas Norlén. It is now up to him to propose the next prime minister. The Speaker can hand over four mandates for the formation of a government. If all candidates fail, the country must go back to the polls within three months.

Sweden went to the polls on September 9, returning a hung parliament. Löfven’s centre-left bloc reached 144 seats, one more than the centre-right opposition Alliance.

Thus far now wants to work with the anti-immigration and Eurosceptic Sweden Democrats, who control 62 seats. However, Norlen’s election as Speaker had support for Sweden Democrat MPs. The leader of the Sweden Democrats, Jimmie Akesson, has made clear that support will be conditional to influence on the policy agenda.

The question is now is whether the centre-right Alliance will choose to form a government that will be depended on the Sweden Democrats’ support in parliament. The model has a precedent in Denmark and Norway. However, Sweden Democrats are considered particularly “toxic” as their party has its origins in the Neo-Nazi supremacist fringe, with many of its founding members being former SS officers.

The centre-right Alliance of the Moderates, Centre, Liberal and Christian Democrats have said they will not negotiate with the Sweden Democrats.

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