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    Sweden's Prime Minister and Social Democratic party leader Stefan Lofven speaks during the election campaign in Stockholm, Sweden September 8, 2018

    Swedish PM Vows to Continue Work on New Gov't After Losing Vote of Confidence

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    Lofven, who leads the Social Democrats, did not voluntarily leave his post immediately after the parliamentary elections, so the issue of confidence in the head of the Cabinet, elected for the previous mandate period, was on the agenda of the new legislative assembly.

    Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has lost a mandatory confidence vote in parliament on September 25, indicating that the Social Democrat will have to step down.

    According to the Prime Minister, very few people want a new election, including voters. He also promised to continue working to build a new government across the political divide.

    The Local, a Scandinavian news site reported that a total of 204 out of 349 members of the Swedish parliament voted against supporting Lofven.

    READ MORE: Sweden Democrats Triumph Among Men, Elderly, Workers — Reports

    The September 9 general election in parliament concluded with Lofven's center-left bloc earning 144 seats, one more than the center-right opposition Alliance party.

    The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who have grown to become the nation's 3rd largest party, with 62 seats after the recent election, also supported the vote to remove Lofven, but it is still unclear whether they will back an Alliance government.

    READ MORE: Swedish Opposition Leader Suggests Government Should Resign Following Election

    Newly-elected Parliament Speaker Andreas Norlen will have to nominate a new contender for the post of prime minister. He will hold talks with party leaders and choose a politician that the majority will support. In total, Norlen can offer four candidates, and if none of them are selected, new elections will be announced in the country, 3 months after the last vote.

    The Constitution of Sweden does not require that a majority of members of parliament vote for a candidate for prime minister.

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