Sweden’s Social Democrat Prime Minister Stefan Löfven is not stepping down – but he faces a vote to stay in power that he seems likely to lose, unless he can convince some of the opposition to support him.
In his post-election speech he said: “No side has won a majority and so it is natural that it is cross-bloc cooperation that will allow Sweden to be ruled.”
There will be a vote of confidence in the prime minister by 8th October at the latest, and Löfven has to avoid a majority against him. This is certain to happen, however, if the centre-right fulfil their promise to vote him down, as the Sweden Democrats are likely to do the same and thereby have a majority in the Riksdag.
Radio Sweden’s quick post-election analysis with Loukas Christodoulou.
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