Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson resigned after the election defeat

He made no secret of what he thought of Christerson’s decision to work with long-out right-wing populists. The Sweden Democrats were responsible for hate speech during the election campaign. Kristerson and her allies, Christian Democrat leader Eva Bush and Liberal leader Johan Pehrson, must make it clear that they do not accept such an approach.

At the same time, Anderson warned of a hardline majority view: “We’re only one or two mandates away from a government crisis.” If Christerson wanted, he was certainly willing to discuss working together.

Difficult negotiations are expected

Whether the four parties in Christerson’s bloc can finally agree on an official basis is nothing more than a foregone conclusion. This is in doubt, among other things, because the right-wing populists are replacing Kristerson’s centrists with a record result of more than 20 percent for the first time as the second-strongest party behind the Social Democrats. Its leader, Jimmy Akesson, insisted on election night that his party wanted to stay in government. Moderates, Christian Democrats and Liberals, on the other hand, do not want this – they want to work with them in parliament, but not in their coalition.

Wolf Kristerson: Will he be the next Swedish Prime Minister? (Credit: IMAGO/Christine Olson/TT)

After Anderson’s announcement in the evening, Christerson said in a Facebook video that he would now begin work to form a new, effective government. This has long been very complicated in Sweden, which has also been associated with strengthening the Sweden Democrats. After the last election in 2018, it took more than 130 days to form the government.

The then Social Democratic Prime Minister Stefan Löfven was able to agree on an official basis with the other three parties. The two liberal parties shifted from the middle-class bloc to the red-green camp – a major reason for this was to limit the influence of right-wing populists.

In a parliamentary vote in early 2019, Löfven could only be elected head of government because the left abstained. They demanded a political statement on this matter. The position between the left and the liberals repeatedly caused problems for Löfven and his successor Andersen within the party.

One of the two parties, the Liberal Party, has now returned to Kristerson’s favor, relying on the Sweden Democrats for a majority. This constellation could happen now – if Christerson manages to convince all parties involved in concessions for their support inside or outside the government coalition. He wanted one, not a split, he said in the Facebook video.


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