Attempt to form new government stalls again

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Sweden seemed to be on the cusp of getting a new government four months after its general election, but the Left Party now says it will not back a political deal reached to form a new one.

That means a majority of representatives in the country's parliament, the Riksdag, would vote against lead candidate Stefan Löfven from the centre-left Social Democrats, sinking his chances of success.

The Speaker of Parliament announced today that he will delay the Parliament vote on the new government until Friday in order to give Stefan Löfven more time to talk to the Left Party.

To tell us more is Radio Sweden's reporter Loukas Christodoulou.