STOCKHOLM: Sweden's parliament as expected rejected centre-right Moderates party leader Ulf Kristersson as new prime minister in a vote on Wednesday, leaving no end in sight to the political deadlock that has gripped the country since the September elections.
Kristersson's bid for the premiership had looked doomed to fail after two other parties in the centre-right Alliance bloc said they would oppose any government that relied on support from the shunned anti-immigration Sweden Democrats who hold the balance of power in parliament.
Kristersson was rejected with 195 members of the 349-seat parliament voting against electing him as prime minister while 154 voting in his favour.
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(Reporting by Stockholm Newsroom; editing by Niklas Pollard)