Deadlocked Swedish lawmakers to vote again on new PM in Jan Deadlocked Swedish lawmakers to vote again on new PM in Jan

Deadlocked Swedish lawmakers to vote again on new PM in Jan

Wed, Dec. 19, 2018
STOCKHOLM - 19 December 2018: Sweden's parliament will vote on a new prime minister for a third time in mid-January, the speaker said on Friday, in an bid to end three months of political deadlock and avoid a snap election.

Parliament has already rejected Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven and centre-right leader Ulf Kristersson as prime minister and the parliamentary speaker did not say which name he would put forward on Jan. 16.

"It is high time Sweden had a government," Andreas Norlen told reporters.

The centre-left and centre-right blocs are equally balanced after September's national election and the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats hold the balance of power.

But both blocs have ruled out a deal with the Sweden Democrats and all attempts to end the impasse have failed.

Norlen has two more attempts to pick a candidate for prime minister whom parliament can accept.

He said that if the third vote did not deliver a new prime minister, a fourth vote would be held on Jan. 23.

If that also fails, the earliest date a new election can be held is April 21.
 
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