SWEDEN HAS HAD NO GOVERNMENT FOR FOUR MONTHS

Almost four months from the general election, Sweden still does not have a government and the parties remain divided on key questions. So what happens next?

On Friday, the leaders of the centre-left Social Democrats and centre-right Moderate Party will meet the parliamentary speaker to update him on any progress made over the Christmas break.

The three also spoke directly after Christmas, but a statement from parliamentary speaker Andreas Norlén merely said that he had “taken note of their respective assessments of the process of government formation”.

All the party leaders have been similarly tight-lipped, confirming that talks have taken place but with no hint of what the next government might look like.

Norlén has already named January 16th as the date when the next prime ministerial candidate will face a parliamentary vote. But it is not yet clear who this candidate will be.

Two such votes have already been held, with both incumbent prime minister Stefan Löfvenof the Social Democrats and his centre-right counterpart, Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson, failing to gain enough support from parliament.

By far the most likely scenario is that one of these two would be proposed for the role a second time.

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