Swedish parliament to hold confidence vote in PM Lofven on Tuesday

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Swedish lawmakers will hold a mandatory vote on Tuesday on whether parliament continues to support Prime Minister Stefan Lofven following the Sept. 9 election.

Asked if the vote, which has to be held within two weeks of Monday’s opening of parliament, would happen on Tuesday, Social Democrat whip Anders Ygeman told reporters: “The four centre-right parties have asked for this, so it will be held”.

Voters delivered a hung parliament with Lofven’s centre-left bloc garnering 144 seats and the main centre-right Alliance 143 seats in the 349-member chamber.

The four-party Alliance needs the support of the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who have 62 seats, to remove Lofven.