President of the Swedish Parliament mandates conservative Ulf Kristersson to form government

Sweden’s Parliament Speaker Andreas Norlén on Tuesday gave Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson the order to form a government, eight days after the sum of the right-wingers prevailed in elections over the Social Democrats led by interim Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson.

The election of Kristersson as the person in charge of forming a new government in Sweden has occurred as planned. Norlén told a press conference that the decision to choose the Moderate Party leader was “fairly straightforward”.

“As a result of the rounds with the spokesmen, I am giving the leader of the Moderate Party, Ulf Kristersson, the task of sounding out the conditions for forming a government that can be admitted by the Riksdag” — the Swedish Parliament — Norlén announced, according to the daily ‘Expressen’.

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“The parties representing the majority of the mandates in the new Riksdag have pointed to Ulf Kristersson as the right person and it was therefore a fairly simple decision to make,” the parliamentary speaker explained.

Norlén has reported that he has not set any exact period for Kristersson to complete the task he has been given, although he has pointed out that “there are clearly a number of problems that need to be solved and that he will need some time.”

Despite the fact that the Moderate Party reaped its worst electoral results in the last 20 years, Kristersson had emerged as the favorite to form a government, a process with which he will have to come to an agreement with the other three formations of the right with which he managed to overcome the Social Democrats.

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