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Lofven: Caretaker Role and Vote

lofven: Lawmakers voted 204-142 against Lofven, according to CTV. Three lawmakers were absent, so did not vote. Stefan Lofven, the leader of the Social Democratic Party who has been prime minister for four years, will continue in a caretaker role until a new Swedish government can be formed that has the command of the Riksdagen, the national parliament. The vote was mandatory after the Sept. 9 general election delivered a hung parliament. Both main political blocs in the parliament have refused to co-operate with the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats party, which made great strides in the election. Although Lofven remains optimistic that he may be eventually able to form a government, the vote means that Sweden faces weeks of political uncertainty. ( As reported in the news.