Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven attends a news conference after his meeting with the Speaker of the Parliament Andreas Norlen in Stockholm, Sweden.
Stockholm: Sweden’s Left Party said on Monday it would not support Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven as prime minister if his candidacy is put to a vote, plunging the process of forming new government into uncertainty again, four months after a tied election.
Left Party leader Jonas Sjostedt said he still wanted Lofven to be prime minister, but not unless he got assurances the Left Party would not be excluded from all political influence under a deal between the Social Democrats, Centre, Liberals and Greens.
September’s election delivered a hung parliament and the centre-left and centre-right blocs have been at loggerheads on how to form a government without the support of the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, a party with roots in the white-supremacist fringe and who hold the balance of power.
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