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Statement by the Speaker on Stefan Löfven's (Social Democratic Party) progress report

Published: 22 October 2018 at 15.51

At a meeting with the Speaker of the Riksdag Andreas Norlén on 22 October, Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) provided a status report on his task of exploring the possibilities of forming a government.

"I have had a meeting with Stefan Löfven today, during which he presented his work with the task of exploring the possibilities of forming a government. He will continue this work during the assigned period," says the Speaker Andreas Norlén after the meeting.

"We have a complicated political situation, where the parties actively need to hold discussions with each other in order to progress. In such situations, internal work is also necessary. The time aspect is important, but at the same time, it is important to respect the fact that the work of the parties can take time. The process now being used to explore the possibilities of forming a government has been used by Speakers of the Riksdag since 1976. I, too, have chosen to follow established practice and provide this framework for the parties' discussions," continues the Speaker.

Stefan Löfven's (Social Democratic Party) task of exploring the possibilities of forming a government that is tolerated by the Riksdag is based on the same criteria as that previously given to Ulf Kristersson (Moderate Party). The final report is due on Monday 29 October at the latest. Further information about the forms for the final report will be issued at the end of the week.

Background

On Thursday 27 September, the Speaker started the assignment of preparing a proposal for a new Prime Minister for the Riksdag to take a stand on. The assignment includes interview rounds with representatives of all the parties in the Riksdag and deliberations with the Deputy Speakers.

The Speaker has spoken to the party representatives, conferred with the Deputy Speakers and informed the Head of State of the current situation. On 2 October, Ulf Kristersson (Moderate Party) was given the task of exploring the possibilities of forming a government that is tolerated by the Riksdag, and a final report on the task was presented on 13 October. On 15 October, the task of exploring the possibilities of forming a government was given to Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party).

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