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Sweden sinks into political chaos as PM ousted in key vote

Stefan Lofven, Sweden's prime minister, arrives for a European Union leaders summit in Belgium, on Feb. 20, 2020. Foto: Bloomberg/Geert Vanden Wijngaert

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven lost a confidence vote in parliament, toppling his minority coalition and plunging the largest Nordic economy into political chaos.

Lofven says he'll now talk to his allies in parliament to figure out whether he can still patch together a viable coalition. Failing that, he may call a snap election, he said after losing Monday's vote. If Swedes are forced to head to the polls early, it would be the first time since 1958. If Lofven resigns, the speaker of parliament will ask the biggest parties to try to form a new government until scheduled elections take place next year...

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