Attempts to form a government are back to square one after Center party leader Annie Lööf said on Monday that she will not be supporting Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven as prime minister.
“We will vote no to Stefan Löfven as prime minister”, party leader Annie Lööf said on Monday morning.
After September’s election, the parliament, the Riksdag, is split three ways with no bloc able to form a majority that would support a government. The centre-left Social Democrat party, the biggest, has been in talks with the Center and Liberal parties to try to get their support. Now that Center leader Annie Lööf says this has failed, it is unlikely the Social Democrats can form a government.
The Center party wanted the Social Democrats to embrace more liberal and market based policies in areas including housing and tax cuts.
The country is currently run by the Social Democrats and Greens in a transitional government. Their attempt to propose a non-political state budget also looks likely to fail, since the opposition Moderate Party will get more support in parliament as things stand. This would lead to changes including the abolition of the tax on flying, plus more funding to the armed forces.
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