Sweden's PM Stefan Lofven to form new government

in July 2nd, 2021

FILE PHOTO: Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven holds a news conference after the paliment round in the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm, Sweden June 29, 2021. TT News Agency/Claudio Bresciani via REUTERS

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish caretaker Prime Minister has been handed the next attempt at forming a new government, the speaker of parliament said on Thursday, with a vote in Riksdag potentially taking place next week.

"I have this morning spoken on the phone with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and given him the task of sounding out the possibilities for a new government," Parliament Speaker Andreas Norlen told a news conference.

Earlier on Thursday Swedish right-wing Prime Minister candidate Ulf Kristersson said he was abandoning his attempt to form a government in the wake of Lofven's previous cabinet falling in a lost no-confidence vote this month.