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Christian Democrats: Centre-Right Moderates and Seat Riksdagen

christian democrats: Those opposing the coalition said it would give influence to the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats -- the third-largest party but considered a pariah by many -- because the government would be dependent on that party's support in parliament, according to CTV. Wednesday's vote was the first of a possible four before Speaker Andreas Norlen must call new elections. Parliament voted by 195 votes to 154 to reject the Speaker's plan for a coalition of the centre-right Moderates and the small Christian Democrats, with Moderates leader Ulf Kristersson as prime minister. It was the first time that a candidate for prime minister has ever been rejected by the 349-seat Riksdagen. The September election produced a hung parliament with the left-leaning side and the centre-right bloc securing about 40 per cent of the vote each, leaving neither with a majority and paving the way for months of uncertainty and complex coalition talks. Norlen said he would continue talks with party leaders on Thursday, without giving details. ( As reported in the news.