Centre Party’s Lööf latest leader to fail in breaking Swedish Parliament deadlock

Swedish Centre Party leader Annie Lööf delivers a press conference after her meeting with the Speaker of the Swedish Parliament at the Parliament Riksdagen in Stockholm, Sweden, on November 22, 2018. Loof announced during the press conference that she was giving up her bid to try to form a new government. (Jessica Gow/AFP/Getty Images)
The chances of a snap election increased on Thursday after the latest candidate given the opportunity to try and reach cross-party agreement on a new government abandoned her efforts.

Following her meeting with the speaker of parliament, Centre party leader Annie Lööf told reporters that she had tried to build agreement for a centre-right Alliance coalition government with cross-party support from the Greens and Social Democrats but had been blocked by “one party or several parties saying no.”

“Now the speaker … will decide the next step in the process,” she said.

It has been 74 days since the general election was held in Sweden and so far all votes or talks have failed to produce a new government. Parliament already rejected one candidate for prime minister. After four failed candidates, Sweden must hold another election.

Speaker Andreas Norlén will hold a press conference on Friday in which he will outline the next step forward, but he is running out of options as the prospect of a new election looms.

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David Russell, Radio Sweden

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