The head of Sweden’s centre-right opposition moderate party, Ulf Christerson, has been tasked with trying to form a new coalition government, a day after Prime Minister Stefan Lofven resigned following a no-confidence vote last week.
Parliament Speaker Andreas Norlin earlier held the first round of consultations with all party leaders, starting with Löfven who heads the Social Democratic Party, Sweden’s largest political group.
Norlin said he asked Christerson to try to form a government because he was the leader of the largest group of parties that had ousted Leuven.
Norlin said Christerson has until Friday to try to find support for the government, adding that the deadline could be extended.
If he fails, Norlin will ask another politician to head up the operation.
Lofven, who has been in office since 2014, lost a vote of no confidence in Parliament on June 21. Rather than calling for early elections, as the constitution allows, he opted for the coalition-building process overseen by Norlin.
The proposal called for the right-wing Swedish Democrats.
But it eventually succeeded because an ally of the government withdrew its support for the Leuven administration on proposed legislation to address the housing shortage.
Lofven, a 63-year-old former welder, will remain interim prime minister until a new government is formed.
His party holds 100 of parliament’s 349 seats.
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Löfven had headed a minority government made up of a coalition of the Social Democrats-Green.
None of the parties in Parliament are willing to cooperate with the Swedish Democrats.
The next Swedish general election is currently scheduled for September 11, 2022.
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