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Swedish Social Democrat leader asked to form government by Speaker
September 18, 2014 / 1:46 PM / 3 years ago

Swedish Social Democrat leader asked to form government by Speaker

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The speaker of Sweden’s parliament on Thursday asked Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven to try and form a government after an election won by the centre-left which left an anti-immigrant party holding the balance of power.

Swedish Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven gestures during a news conference at the party headquarters in Stockholm September 15, 2014. REUTERS/Claudio Bresciani/TT News Agency

The speaker of the parliament, Per Westerberg said he had decided ...“to give Stefan Lofven the task of looking into the conditions for building a government of the Social Democrats and Green Party.”

Lofven, whose Social Democrats got the biggest share of the vote in Sunday’s election, has rejected bringing the Left Party into a formal coalition and said he would now talk with centre-right parties that formed the outgoing Alliance government.

Reporting by Johan Sennero; Ediitng by Alistair Scrutton

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