Swede PM Stefan Lofven elected for a second term

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has been elected for a second term, ending a four-month political vacuum. Swedish parliament confirms Stefan Lofven as PM, ending deadlock more than three months.

Lofven’s minority centre-left government, comprising his Social Democrats and the Greens, won the backing of the Centre and Liberal parties. The latter two until now were members of the four-party centre-right opposition Alliance.

The Prime Minister is expected to formally present his new government and its full programme on Monday. It will be one of the weakest administrations in Sweden in 70 years, with just 32.7 per cent of voters having cast ballots for the two parties.

Sweden’s inconclusive legislative elections in September last year had not left either main parliamentary bloc with a majority.

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