Far-right Sweden Democrats in new bid to undermine PM
Sweden`s anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats party called a vote of no confidence on Wednesday against Prime Minister Stefan Loefven in an another attempt to rattle his minority government.
Stockholm: Sweden`s anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats party called a vote of no confidence on Wednesday against Prime Minister Stefan Loefven in an another attempt to rattle his minority government.
The Sweden Democrats (SD) wreaked political havoc in the Nordic country in December when it brought down the centre-left government`s budget, with a snap election only averted by a last-ditch deal with the centre-right opposition.
The party -- which more than doubled its seats in September`s elections, winning 13 percent of the vote -- advanced further in opinion polls before the government cancelled a new election.
"He (Loefven) has not gathered support for his policies yet," Sweden Democrats acting leader Mattias Karlsson told news agency TT.
"He has broken a number of important promises and above all denied the Swedish people the opportunity to have their say," he added.
Prime Minister Loefven said on Wednesday that the far-right party was using "parliament as its own playhouse".
The Sweden Democrats hoped the country`s largest right-wing party, the Moderates, would support the vote of no confidence, but in Parliament on Wednesday its leader Anna Kinberg Batra distanced herself from them, calling the party "extreme".
SD`s no-confidence vote would fall well short of a majority in parliament even if all Moderate Party members voted in favour of it.