OSLO — Sweden’s Moderate Party leader, Ulf Kristersson, has been handed a mandate to try and form the country’s next government after a recent general election gave the right-wing bloc a majority, the speaker of parliament said on Monday.
“It was a quite simple decision,” Speaker Anders Norlen said, adding that he had not set a deadline for how long deliberations could last.
The Moderates, Sweden Democrats, Christian Democrats and Liberals won 176 seats in the 349-seat parliament, narrowly ahead of the center-left’s 173 seats, according to the Swedish election authority.
Kristersson is widely expected to try to form a minority government, leaving one or two right-wing parties out while relying on their support in parliament.
The election marks a watershed in Swedish politics with the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, a party with roots in the white supremacist fringe, on the threshold of gaining influence over government policy.
Reporting by Terje Solsvik.