As mandated, the 349 members of Sweden’s parliament voted 204 against to 142 in favour of PM Stefan Lofven keeping his position. September’s general election produced a hung parliament with both the ruling centre-left and right parties, that have controlled the country for a century, losing a vast amount of ground. Mr Lofven had refused to work with the rising Sweden Democrats, who in turn had backed the centre-right Alliance. Another election is a possibility if ongoing talks fail to form a coalition government.
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