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Swedish PM Lofven ousted in no-confidence vote
Last Updated: 2018-09-26 09:57 | Xinhua
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The Swedish parliament voted on Tuesday to oust Stefan Lofven, the first prime minister ousted in such a vote, the Swedish Television SVT reported.

In a mandatory no-confidence vote after Sweden's Sept. 9 election left no main political bloc with an absolute majority, the centre-left prime minister lost his position with 142 votes against 204 votes.

As expected, the 204 votes came from the centre-right alliance and the Swedish democrats who voted "No."

"I and other cabinet members will act as transitional government," Lofven said at the parliament meeting after the vote.

A transitional government handles only ongoing matters and is expected not to take any political initiative.

The result gives a starting point for the forming of a new government and the appointment of a new prime minister, a process that might take several weeks or even months.

The negotiations will be led by Andreas Norlen who was nominated on Monday as the speaker of the parliament. He has four chances in suggesting a new prime minister, and the expected candidates are Stefan Lofven and Ulf Kristersson. Enditem

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