WORLD Sweden's center-left PM loses confidence vote

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Sweden's center-left PM loses confidence vote

AP

16:14, September 25, 2018

Sweden's prime minister has lost a vote of confidence in parliament, meaning he will have to step down though not immediately.

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Stefan Lofven, the leader of the Social Democratic Party, will continue as caretaker prime minister until a new government can be formed that has the command of the Riksdagen.

Lawmakers voted 204-142 against Lofven, while three abstained. Lofven has been prime minister since 2014.

Tuesday's vote was mandatory after elections earlier this month delivered a hung parliament.

Neither the left-leaning bloc led by the Social Democrats nor the Moderates-led center-right opposition managed to secure a majority in the 349-seat parliament after the Sept. 9 vote. Both have refused to cooperate with the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats.

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