Pressure mounts on Sweden’s Liberal and Centre parties as next PM vote nears

Liberal Party leader Jan Björklund (left) and Center Party leader Annie Lööf. (Henrik Montgomery/AFP/Getty Images and Jessica Gow/AFP/Getty Images)
It is gearing up towards a climax in Swedish politics as the top echelons of the Liberal and the Center party will meet this weekend to formally decide who they will back as prime minister in the vote next Wednesday.

The speaker of the Swedish parliament Andreas Norlén has set a time table where the MPs will vote on either Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven on the centre left or Ulf Kristersson of the Moderates on the centre right.

If a third and a fourth vote fail, a new election will be triggered.

And the two parties in the middle of the political spectrum, the Liberals and the Center party, are currently playing the roles of kingmakers in this.

But though the time is ticking, political scientist Sofie Blombäck at Mid Sweden University says it is still unsure whether the two parties will come down on the side of one or the other candidate this weekend.

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Ulla Engberg, Radio Sweden

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