STOCKHOLM: Sweden’s centre-right opposition and the far right ousted Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in a vote of no-confidence on Tuesday, as the left and right blocs wrangle over who can form a new government after neither won a majority in September 9 elections.
Lofven’s departure was widely anticipated. Since election night the head of the four-party centre-right Alliance, Ulf Kristersson, has insisted he intends to try to form a government.
With neither bloc able to build a majority, the far-right, anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who won almost 18 percent of votes in the election and are the country’s third-biggest party, have demanded to be given influence over Swedish politics in exchange for support in parliament.
But neither the left nor right has been willing to negotiate with the Sweden Democrats.
“Sweden needs a new government that has broad political support to undertake reforms,” Kristersson told parliament moments before the confidence vote Tuesday.
A total of 204 of 349 members of parliament voted against Lofven, while 142 voted in favour.