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Alliance split over no-confidence vote

Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Credit: Erik Simander/TT

The Centre Party and the Liberal Party have decided not to pursue a vote of no confidence against defence minister Peter Hultqvist, but the Christan Democrats are still pushing for a vote.

The centre-right Alliance has not been able to agree on a common line on the matter. The leaders of the four parties within the opposition coalition met Thursday to reach an agreement but failed.

Centre Party leader Annie Lööf wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday afternoon that there is no basis for the no-confidence vote.

Liberal Party leader Jan Björklund wrote on Twitter: "The Liberals will not proceed with calling for or supporting a vote of no confidence against the defence minister. The constitutional committee's inquiry will proceed."



However, the Christian Democrat leader Ebba Busch Thor tweeted: "CD will carry out the no-confidence vote against Hultqvist. New info confirms that he has failed in his responsibilities." 

The Moderate Party will wait until they have discussed the issue in their Parliamentary group before announcing whether or not they will pursue a vote, according to news agency TT. 

The Centre Party, the Liberal Party and the Moderate Party are all holding press conferences Thursday afternoon.

This story is being updated.

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