The next vote on who will become Sweden’s next prime minister will take place on the 16th of January, the speaker of parliament Andreas Norlén announced on Wednesday.
At a press briefing in parliament, Norlén said this is not the announcement he would have wanted to give.
“I regret this. I really would have wanted to end this process before Christmas. Sweden needs a new government,” he said.
But all the party leaders have over the past few days told him they did not think a vote at the end of this week would be fruitful.
As a way to put pressure on the parties, Norlén announced the time table for a possible forth vote, and also described all the steps he had taken to prepare for a new election.
If the vote on the 16th of January does not bring a prime minister, the next vote would take place a week later, on the 23rd of January. If no prime minsiter has been selected by then, a new election needs to be held within three months, which at the latest would be on Sunday the 21st of April.
“All party leader have a responsibility for the continued process, but the biggest responsibility rests on the two people who have said they want to become party leaders, Stefan Löfven [of the Social Democrats] and Ulf Kristersson [of the conservative Moderate Party],” Norlén said.
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