Sweden: New-old government presented

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Sweden's caretaker PM Stefan Lofven unveiled on Friday a two-party, minority coalition government just two days after garnering support in parliament, news wires reported. The new centre-left government, selected among his own Social Democrats and the Greens, is identical with the one voted out last month in a no-confidence vote.

This is Lofven's third government since he first became prime minister in Sweden in 2014. The new government was formally presented to King Carl XVI Gustaf later on Friday. The duties of Sweden's head of state are ceremonial, and the monarch holds no political power.

On Wednesday, Lofven secured 116 votes in the 349-seat Riksdagen - enough to give him a mandate to form a government. Lawmakers from the Centre Party and the Left Party abstained from voting which handed Lofven the mandate. In Sweden, prime ministers can govern as long as there is no parliamentary majority of 175 votes arrayed against them. A total 173 votes were cast against Lofven.

Sweden’s next general election is scheduled for September 2022.

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