Swedish prime minister ousted after losing confidence vote

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Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven to step down following inconclusive election

Sweden’s centre-right parties and the far-right Sweden Democrats have combined to oust the country’s centre-left prime minister, Stefan Löfven, in a mandatory no-confidence vote following elections that left neither main political bloc with a majority.

The move means Löfven, whose centre-left bloc won 144 seats in parliament in the 9 September elections to the centre-right’s 143, will have to step down eventually but will stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new administration can be formed, which could take weeks.

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