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Sweden's Lofven to face no-confidence vote with slim odds of victory

One opposition party after another has announced they would vote against the Prime Minister.
FILED - Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven speaks during a press conference on the sidelines of the day two of the EU Summit on Brexit at the European Union headquarters. Lofven will start a visit to South Korea on 18 December 2019. Photo: -/European Council/dpa - ATTENTION: editorial use only and only if the credit mentioned above is referenced in full
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven speaks during a press conference. Photo: European Council/dpa/File photo.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven is facing defeat in a no-confidence motion on Monday, after opposition parties united to topple his government.

The head of the Swedish Social Democrats leads a minority government with the Greens, who have entered into a political agreement with the Liberals and the Centre Party.

One opposition party after another - including the Moderate Party, the Christian Democrats and the Left Party - has announced they would vote against Lofven. Together, they have a parliamentary majority to bring down the minority government.

The vote is scheduled for 10 am.

Lofven, prime minister since 2014, fell out with the Left Party, which has so far supported him on many issues, in a dispute about rent prices. Even a last-minute compromise offer from the coalition at short notice on Sunday seemed unable to change this.

The Christian Democrats have meanwhile criticized the government's approach to crime and unemployment, among other things.

The Moderates, who along with Lofven's Social Democrats have traditionally been the strongest force in the Stockholm parliament, accuse him of similar failings.

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