Sweden’s Left Party threatens to sink Löfven’s PM hopes

Sweden’s Left Party leader Jonas Sjostedt addresses a press conference after his meeting with the Speaker of the parliament Andreas Norlen (not in picture) on January 14, 2019 in Stockholm. (Anders Wiklund/AFP/Getty Images)
Sweden seemed to be on the cusp of getting a new government four months after its general election, but the Left Party now says it will not back a political deal reached to form a new one.

That means a majority of representatives in the country’s parliament, the Riksdag, would vote against lead candidate Stefan Löfven from the centre-left Social Democrats, sinking his chances of success.

To tell us more is Radio Sweden’s reporter Loukas Christodoulou.

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