As a day of talks ends with no new government, a political scientist says losing votes in parliament may be needed to move the process on, but this is exactly what the Speaker is trying to avoid.
Professor Nicholas Aylott at Södertörn University says the Speaker of parliament probably wants to avoid putting forward a candidate who will fail to survive a vote.
Four votes would need to take place before a new election could be called, and the threat of having to run a new campaign may be what is needed to get the political parties to compromise, Aylott says to Radio Sweden.
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