Kristersson tries to form minority government ahead of Sweden vote

Ulf Kristersson, leader of Sweden’s centre-right Moderate party, holds a press conference after his meeting with the Speaker of the Parliament in Stockholm, Sweden, Oct. 14, 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/HENRIK MONTGOMERY SWEDEN OUT

Copenhagen, Nov 12 (efe-epa).- Swedish conservative Ulf Kristersson announced on Monday that he would try to form a minority coalition government with the Christian Democrats ahead of the parliamentary vote in two days.

Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson is backed by an opposition coalition of four center-right parties known as the Alliance, however, in order to form a government he will need the backing of the far-right Sweden Democrats and it is unlikely that the Centrists, Christian Democrats or Liberals will abstain in the Wednesday parliamentary vote to allow Kristersson to form a minority government.

Kirstersson told the press he was willing to run the risk of presenting his minority government to the parliamentary vote.

He added that this was not a political ploy or game and that there was a sense of urgency given this was the longest time Sweden has not had a government.

Following a bout of failed negotiations between Stefan Löfven – leader of the Swedish Social Democrats and current caretaker government – and Kristersson, the president of the parliament Andreas Norlén nominated the Moderate Party leader for the prime minister post.

In the September elections, the Social Democrats were the most-voted party with 144 seats, while the opposition center-right Alliance obtained 143 and the far-right Sweden Democrats, with whom no party wants to negotiate, took 62.

The Swedish political system does not require an absolute majority to form a government, providing there is not a majority in the opposition that blocks the formation of a government.