Analysis – Why Wednesday’s vote for Sweden’s PM should be historic

Ulf Kristersson, leader of Sweden’s Moderate party, gives a press conference after his meeting with the Speaker of the Parliament in Stockholm, Sweden October, 14 2018. Kristersson announced that his attempt to form a government failed. (Henrik Montgomery/AFP/Getty Images)
As Sweden faces the first ever failed prime ministerial vote in modern times, Radio Sweden analyses what is happening.

If all goes according to the statements by party leaders, Ulf Kristersson of the conservative Moderate Party will fail to become prime minister at 9am on Wednesday, as a majority of lawmakers will vote him down. This has not happened before in modern times.

The splitting of the centre-right Alliance coalition as the Center and Liberal parties vote no would also be a historic event, signalling the end of 14 years of close cooperation to keep the left out of power.

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