Sweden in CRISIS: MPs vote to BLOCK populist election winner from leading country

The Swedish parliamentary elections were seen as the closest, most fraught in the country’s history – but resulted in a political deadlock over who would lead the country.

Former Prime Minister Stefan Löfven was ousted from his position two months after the elections, and demanded to be re-elected.

The right leaning, anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party, led by Jimmie Åkesson, made headway in the August election.

Their ascension stopped Mr Löfven’s centre-left Social Democrats and the centre-right Sweden Moderates party, led by Mr Kristersson, from claiming a majority.

Mr Kristersson proposed a minority administration of his Moderates party and the Christian Democrats.

Ministers for the centre and liberal parties refused to back a government that relied on the support of populist Sweden Democrats party.

But the Centre party and Swedish Liberals parties both voted against him – although they were once considered his allies.

Mr Kristersson said: “This is the most serious crisis I’ve been involved in all the years Ive been in politics.”

After negotiations to create a centre-right government floundered a couple of weeks ago, Social Democrats leader and ousted Prime Minister Stefan Löfven had been given a new change to form.

Mr Löfven was expected to present his proposal for the new government – but failed to reach the support he needed.

And on October 30 the previous Head of State said he would not be interested in supporting a government where he would not function as Prime Minister.

Parliament can vote four times on prime ministerial candidates before a new election is required.

The House Speaker, Andreas Norlen, will make his next recommendation later on Thursday.

Mr Norlen told parliament: “This is the first time that parliament has said No to a Speaker’s proposal for prime minister.

“This proposal means I need to rethink things.”