On Tuesday, September 25, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven lost a vote of confidence in Sweden’s Parliament.
The dramatic vote has sparked further confusion about who will form the next Government.
The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats backed the vote to remove him, after a general election that delivered a hung parliament.
This year’s election is one of the most complicated in Sweden’s history, and comes amid Mr Löfven’s centre-left alliance won 144 seats in this month’s election, only two more than the centre-right opposition.
Neither of the main blocs held a majority after the final votes were counted and both blocs lost voters to former neo-Nazi party Sweden Democrats, who saw a massive surge in support and won 62 seats.
But in the latest development of the election progress the Speaker of the Riksdag, Andreas Norlén is expected to meet the leaders of the eight parties represented in Sweden’s Parliament to determine who is best placed to try to piece together the country’s next Government.
Mr Norlén was confirmed as the parliament’s new speaker on Monday, also with the support of Sweden Democrats.
Analysts predict the Speaker will first approach Ulf Kristersson, the leader of the Moderate party and the four-party opposition bloc the Alliance.
The centre-right bloc has since the election pretended to be able to seize power regardless of election results, where the plan has been that the far-right extremists Sweden Democrats will let the centre-right bloc come to power without getting anything in return.
But according to Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Åkesson, that is not an option his party will stand for.
Mr Åkesson has repeatedly said he would not hesitate to bring down any Government that did not give his party a say on policies touching on its core concerns of immigration, healthcare, pensions and crime.
He said: “If Ulf Kristersson wants to be prime minister, it can only happen with my help.”
The Centre Party and Liberals, two of the four parties that comprise Kristersson’s Alliance have said they would quit the coalition if the Moderates and Christian Democrats strike a deal with the Sweden Democrats to get their support.
What happens if no one forms a coalition government?
If there are four unsuccessful attempts to form a government, that will trigger a fresh election — something which has never happened before.
So far neither the Moderates nor the Christian Democrats have waved and continues to state a collaboration with hardliners Sweden Democrats is not an option.
In the meantime, Stefan Löfven and the Social Democrats hope to split up the Alliance.
According to sources Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet has talked to, the Social Democrats will put pressure on the Centre Party and the Liberals to not allow their bloc to negotiate with the Sweden Democrats.
If the left-wingers succeed with this mission, the name of Sweden’s next Prime Minister might turn out to be Stefan Löfven.
And here we are; the main bone of contention is whether the blocs can stomach supporting each other, or if they will seek support from the Sweden Democrats.
Fact is the only reason the Moderate leader was able to out Stefan Löfven as Prime Minister is the first place was with the help of the Sweden Democrats.
So was the reinstatement of Andreas Norlén as the Speaker of the Riksdag.
Another obvious fact Mr Kristersson must come to terms with is that a new Prime Minister will only be appointed with the support of the former neo-Nazi party.
Mr Kristersson is facing the biggest dilemma of his career; will he eat humble pie and give the Sweden Democrats the influence they crave, or will he lose the election?