Social Democrats fail to form Swedish government, parties to hold group chats to break deadlock

Swedish Social Democrat party leader Stefan Löfven attends a press conference at the Parliament in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 29, 2018. Löfven announced that his attempt to form a government failed. (Jonas Ekstromer/AFP/Getty Images)
After the two biggest political parties, the Moderates and now the Social Democrats, have failed to gather enough support to form a government, the Speaker of Parliament has announced the unusual step of leading group meetings himself.

Radio Sweden’s Loukas Christodoulou analyses the situation.

Read Radio Sweden's earlier report on Löfven's failure to form a coalition government
The leader of Sweden’s biggest party has given up the attempt to build a new government, and the Speaker of Parliament will today choose a different party leader to try.

Stefan Löfven, of the Social Democrat party, said on Monday morning that based on what the different parties have said to him, it was not possible for him to get the support he needs.

Löfven is currently leading a transitional government but hopes to also lead the new govenment after September’s election result. He had previously hoped to get support from the Center and Liberal parties, but they have said that they want him to be a supporter for the entire centre-right Alliance. Löfven repeated on Monday that he wants to remain as Prime Minister.

The leader of the biggest opposition party, Ulf Kristersson, has already tried and failed to form a potential government. Later on Monday, we will know who the Speaker has picked next to offer the chance to try to form a government.

The Riksdag is split after the election, with neither of the traditional left or right blocs big enough to form a majority, and with the Sweden Democrats big enough to vote down weak governments. Radio Sweden will have more on this later in the day after the speaker’s press conference at 16:30.

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