Sweden: Centre-right Alliance in disarray after Kristersson’s defeat in PM bid

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The Alliance Party leaders from left to right: Annie Lööf, Centre Party; Ulf Kristersson, Moderate Party; Ebba Busch Thor, Christian Democrats Party and Jan Bjoerklund, Liberals Party at a joint press conference at the Swedish Parliament on September 12, 2018. On Wednesday, Lööf and Bjoerklund voted against Kristersson’s nomination as Swedish PM, citing concerns over his reliance on the support of the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
Sweden’s Parliament voted against approving the Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson as Prime Minister, Wednesday.

The outcome was expected since the Centre Party and Liberals – which make up two of the four parties in the conservative Alliance ostensibly led by Kristersson – had said ahead of the vote that they would not approve of an Alliance government that had to rely on support from the Sweden Democrats.

Radio Sweden speaks to politicians in parliament for their reaction.

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Philip Barjami, Radio Sweden

Philip Barjami, Radio Sweden

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