Sweden Opp leader tapped as potential new PM

STOCKHOLM – Sweden’s Speaker of Parliament Andreas Norlen said Tuesday he had asked the leader of the right-wing opposition’s largest party, Ulf Kristersson, to see whether he could rally the votes to succeed ousted Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.

Lofven announced on Monday he would resign following a lost vote of no confidence last week rather than call a snap election, leaving it up to the speaker to begin the search for his replacement.

 Norlen did not formally propose Kristersson as the next candidate for prime minister.  But the speaker gave the leader of the conservative Moderate Party three days to sound out potential support to pass a vote in parliament.

“He is the leader of the largest party among the group of parties that toppled Prime Minister Stefan Lofven… it’s reasonable that he is allowed to investigate the possibility” of taking over, Norlen told a press conference after meeting with party leaders.

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