Löfven still trying to break Sweden’s coalition deadlock

Sweden’s Social Democratic party leader Stefan Löfven during a press conference in Stockholm, Sweden, on September 27. (Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency via REUTERS)
Stefan Löfven says he will continue with his attempts to try and form a government. In his half-time report to the speaker of parliament, the leader of the Social Democrats said talks so far have been “difficult” and “complicated”.

Stefan Löfven is the second party leader to be given a two week mandate by the speaker to form a government. Having reached the halfway mark, Löfven today gave a progress report to speaker Andreas Norlen.

At a press conference afterwards, Löfven told reporters that he has had confidential talks with each of the leaders of the four centre-right parties as well as the Greens and the Left Party.

He several times stressed the importance of confidentiality in these talks and called for understanding that ‘complex processes’ need to take place.

“If you are to change your position, there are internal processes to deal with in each party. There are difficult adjustments on policy, but also the overall picture, and you need to build as much trust as possible,” Löfven said.

Löfven stays hopeful, Sweden Democrats call for speaker’s intervention

Despite the lack of concrete results, Löfven wants to continue his attempts for another week.

But the leader of the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, Jimmie Åkesson, thinks it is pointless for Löfven to continue. “It is clear that Stefan Löfven has failed, but instead of admitting that, he will let another week go by,” Åkesson told the tabloid Expressen.

The Sweden Democrat leader said that “we cannot explore the government options all the way to the next election” and called for the speaker of the house to break the deadlock by forcing a vote in parliament, or call for a new election.

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