Swedish Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven said Monday he has failed to form a new government, leaving no clear candidate for prime minister nearly two months after an inconclusive election.
“In light of the responses I have had so far, in the current situation, the possibility does not exist for me to build a government that can be accepted by parliament,” Löfven told a press conference after meeting parliament speaker Andreas Norlén.
Löfven, who is serving as caretaker prime minister after he lost a confidence motion last month, was given two weeks to try to form a governing coalition after center-right opposition Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson failed to win support in the wake of September’s indecisive election.
Norlén is to meet other party leaders Monday and is expected to announce the next steps later today. He could give Löfven more time or hand the task to someone else — possibly Centre Party leader Annie Lööf — reported The Local Sweden.
The Local via Politico