Sweden's prime minister Stefan Lofven loses no-confidence vote

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven speaks to the press after he was ousted in no-confidence vote in Stockholm Sweden

The Swedish prime minister has been voted out of office by MPs after a fraught election that left him struggling to piece together a credible government.

The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, with 62 seats and shunned by all parties since entering parliament in 2010, backed the Alliance in Tuesday's vote - an obligatory test of the prime minister's parliamentary support after an election. The balance of power in the...

The speaker of parliament, Andreas Norlen, will begin talks on Thursday with the leaders of the eight parties represented in parliament to determine who is best placed to form the next government.

Mr Lofven said he did not believe that fresh elections were something voters wanted - but he said he would never support a government that relied on the SD. The Alliance of the Moderates, Centre, Liberal and Christian Democrats has said it will not negotiate with the Sweden Democrats.

The Social Democrats posted their worst election score in more than a century, but they remain Sweden's biggest party, far ahead of Kristersson's Moderates and the Sweden Democrats.

A general view of the confidence vote in Swedish parliament Riksdagen, where Lofven was ousted in no-confidence vote, in Stockholm, Sweden September 25, 2018.

With no majority in the 349-seat parliament, Mr Kristersson will need support from the Sweden Democrats or the Social Democrats. "They have repeatedly been found to have ties to racist and neo-Nazi organizations", Lofven added.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin are seen in Swedish parliament Riksdagen where Lofven was ousted in no-confidence vote in Stockholm Sweden
Swedish Prime Minister to stand down after losing confidence vote

While the SD is expected to back the Moderate candidate, Mr Lofven warned the centre-right bloc on Tuesday against relying on the support of a party "founded by Nazis".

Lofven ruled out backing an Alliance government, leaving politics deadlocked. 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.

"I want to lead a government that has broader support in the country's parliament and that allows us to leave stalemate of bloc politics".

"The Social Democrats won the most mandates" in parliament, he said.

Although Lofven remains optimistic that he may be eventually able to form a government, the vote means that Sweden faces weeks of political uncertainty.

Stefan Lofven, the leader of the Social Democratic Party who has been prime minister for four years, will continue in a caretaker role until a new Swedish government can be formed that has the command of the Riksdagen, the national parliament.


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