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SWEDEN

Following a historic vote of no confidence in Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven earlier today, the PM has stated that he will seek talks with his coalition allies and parties that previously supported his gov't in a confidence and supply agreement to try to avoid the collapse of his administration.

  • Lofven has a week to carry out and conclude talks that result in a parliamentary majority in favour of him remaining PM. If this is not possible, he could call a snap general election - the first since 1958 - or resign the mandate to the Speaker of the Riksdag (parliament). The Speaker could then attempt to encourage the larger parties in the chamber to form a caretaker gov't until the elections scheduled next year.
  • Opinion polling carried out in 2021 so far shows Lofven's Social Democrats and its centre-left/left allies would likely win a majority over the centre-right Moderates and the other parties of the right. However, the successful vote of no confidence and the prospect of a change of gov't could lead to some sharp swings in polling support in the coming days and weeks.
MNI London Bureau | +44 203-865-0981 | tom.lake@marketnews.com

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