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No-confidence vote fails by large majority

Published tisdag 20 januari 2015 kl 13.29

Only 45 Swedish lawmakers voted to bring down the Social-Democratic led government, in a vote called by the pariah Sweden Democrat Party.

The centre-right opposition and the Left Party abstained from the vote, and only the Sweden Democrat MPs supported it.

The motion failed by 45 to 133, with 155 abstaining.

Last year the Sweden Democrats almost scuppered Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's government, by siding with the budget put forward by the main opposition bloc of the centre-right Alliance. But plans to call a new election were shelved when the centre-left and centre-right made a "December deal" allowing weak minority governments to rule, by having the smaller bloc abstain in future budget votes.

The current government rests on just 38 percent of the vote, with budget support from the Left Party.

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