Opposition leader Ulf Kristersson tasked with forming new government in Sweden

Ulf KristerssonPhoto: Johan Nilsson / TT / NTB
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Parliament speaker Andreas Norlén has authorized opposition leader Ulf Kristersson (M) to form a new Swedish government after Stefan Löfven resignation.

“Ulf Kristersson received the exploratory assignment. He must report back no later than Friday,” Andreas Norlén said, according to newspaper Aftonbladet.

The deadline expires on Friday, so Kristersson has only three days.

On Tuesday, Norlén had talks with all the party leaders to get an overview of who is most likely to get the support of a majority in the Riksdag.

Vote could take place next week

Already next week, there may be a vote in the Riksdag on a new prime ministerial candidate.

“My ambition is for the Riksdag to be able to vote for a new prime minister next week,” Norlén noted.

The last time a government crisis occurred in Sweden was in 2018, and the deadline was 14 days. But the process was criticized at the time for taking too long. At that time, it took 134 days before a new government was in place.

Norlén has four attempts to propose a new prime minister. He aims to have a new Swedish government in place by the end of July.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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