Annie Lööf, leader of Sweden’s Centre Party, says her party will not be voting for conservative Moderate leader Ulf Kristersson as prime minister in tomorrow’s vote in Parliament.
In an interview with Swedish Radio’s P1 morgon programme, Lööf explains that her party does not want to give the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats an influence in Swedish politics.
“It is mostly that we do not want to give the Sweden Democrats a decisive influence. It is a historic choice we are faced with – if we want to give a right-wing populist, nationalist party an influence in Swedish politics,” said Lööf.
Liberal Party also opposed
On Monday, the leader of the Liberals, Jan Björklund, also said that they would not be supporting their Alliance colleague in Wednesday’s prime minister vote.
Kristersson is therefore likely to be the first prime minister candidate in modern times to not win approval by Parliament.
The Moderate party leader would prefer to form a government with the whole four party centre-right Alliance, but only the Christian Democrats have come on board.
Sweden Democrats to vote ‘yes’
On Tuesday afternoon the Sweden Democrats also confirmed they will indeed be voting to support Ulf Kristersson on Wednesday morning.
“We have good reason to assume that a Moderate/Christian Democrat government gives us grounds to have real influence over politics during the coming four years,” says leader Jimme Åkesson in a press statement.
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