Swedish parliament ousts Prime Minister Stefan Löfven

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Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin are seen in Swedish parliament Riksdagen, where Löfven was ousted in a no-confidence vote Tuesday morning. (Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency via Reuters)
The Social Democrat leader will be stepping down after parliament’s vote of no confidence this morning, which also marks the starting point for what looks set to be a complicated process of forming a new government.

A total 204 MPs voted against Löfven and 142 voted in his favour. There were no abstentions. Löfven’s Social Democrat-Green Party coalition will stay on as a transition government until a new one is installed.

It is now up to the newly appointed speaker of parliament, Moderate Party MP Andreas Norlén, to present a proposal for a new prime minister and government in the coming days.

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