No end in sight to Sweden’s political deadlock as parties harden their stance

Speaker of the Riksdag Andreas Norlén attends a Parliament session on November 14, 2018 in Stockholm. Norlén will host a new round of talks with party leaders on Thursday after MPs voted against Moderate leader Ulf Kristersson’s nomination as Prime Minister, Wednesday morning. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
As expected, Parliament voted on Wednesday not to allow the Moderates and Christian Democrats to form a minority government, with a clear majority of the 349 lawmakers voting against the motion.

That leaves no end in sight to the political deadlock that has gripped the country since the general election more than 2 months ago.

On Thursday, Speaker of Parliament Andreas Norlén will host talks with party leaders to try to find a way forward, but opinions clearly differ on what direction the country should take.

Liberal Party leader Jan Björklund called for talks with the Greens, part of Stefan Löfven’s outgoing government. But that has been rejected by the Greens as well as the Moderates, and a coalition of the Alliance and the Greens would still lack a parliamentary majority.

Björklund has also indicated that he wants Centre Party leader Annie Lööf to be given the task of trying to form a government across the party blocs, but there seems to be little interest for this outside his party and the Centre Party.

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Sweden: Centre-right Alliance in disarray after Kristersson’s defeat in PM bid, Radio Sweden

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