Sweden edges closer to a government after breakthrough ends months of impasse

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven speaks during a news conference in Berlin, Germany, Mar. 16, 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/OMER MESSINGER

Stockholm, Dec 11 (efe-epa).- Sweden’s Center Party plans to back the country’s current prime minister in his bid to serve a second term in office, thus potentially ending months of political deadlock in the Scandinavian country, the party’s leader said Friday.

Annie Lööf, who heads the Center Party since 2011, told journalists at a press conference that her outfit planned to allow Stefan Löfven to continue as Sweden’s prime minister.

“In a difficult situation, the Center Party is taking responsibility for Sweden to get a functioning government,” Lööf said, seemingly taking credit for breaking the political deadlock.

After four months of turbulent political negotiations, two votes to see if a prime minister could be confirmed and the prospect of another election looming, the Center Party has reached a deal with Löfven’s Social Democrats and Liberals to permit the PM to continue in his post, thus breaking up the center-right’s opposition.

Lööf said she had instructed her party to abstain in a vote on Löfven, thus paving the way for a deal.

She said her Center Party would not join the Social Democrat-led government but would gain influence in return for the abstention.