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Swedish parliament says 'no' to Lofven as new PM as deadlock goes on

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Swedish parliament says 'no' to Lofven as new PM as deadlock goes on
FILE PHOTO: Swedish Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven speaks during a news conference at the Swedish parliament in Stockholm, Sweden October 29, 2018. TT News Agency/Jonas Ekstromer via REUTERS/File Photo   -   Copyright  TT NEWS AGENCY(Reuters)

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden’s parliament voted as expected on Friday against giving Social Democrat Stefan Lofven’s centre-left coalition a second term in office, bringing a fresh election closer after three months of political deadlock.

Parliament voted 200 to 116 against giving Lofven, currently caretaker prime minister, a new term. It had already voted once for Lofven’s ouster in a mandatory test, but has also rejected centre-right leader Ulf Kristersson as prime minister, leaving the way forward unclear.

September’s general election produced a hung parliament and the centre-left and centre-right blocs have been unable to reach a deal on a new government that would keep the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats from being able to have a say in policy.

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(Reporting by Johan Ahlander and Johan Sennero; Editing by Simon Johnson)