Parliamentary speaker Andreas Norlén made the announcement on Friday morning. He said Löfven would be formally nominated on Monday, December 3rd, giving Löfven ten days to talk to other party leaders and try to gather support for a government. After that, the vote must take place within four days, which means it would happen before parliament votes on its budget on December 12th. In theory, a government proposal does not need a single vote in its favour in order to pass, but it will fail if a majority votes against it. This means that a government can be “tolerated” by abstentions, sometimes called “passive support”. Löfven is likely to gain the support of his own party and coalition partners the Green Party and Left Party, but would not be supported by a majority unless one or more of the centre-right Centre Party, Moderates or Christian Democrats, or the far-right Sweden Democrats, also vote for the proposal or abstain. The most likely to do so is the Centre Party, as well as the Liberals (the fourth member of the centre-right Alliance), but the latter alone does not have enough seats to prevent the proposal from failing. Norlén remained tight-lipped during the… Read full this story
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