The Speaker leads the work of the Riksdag. He or she also leads negotiations in connection with a change of government and should present a proposal for a new prime minister. It is the Speaker's task to prepare a proposal for a new prime minister. His or her tasks include speaking individually to all the leaders of the parties of the Riksdag. The purpose of the talks with the party leaders is to find out which of the candidates for the position of prime minister has the best chances of obtaining a favourable vote in the Chamber to become Sweden's next prime minister. Scheduled times for the Speaker's meetings with the party leaders: Press meetings and the Speaker's interview rounds The Speaker can set the task of exploring the possibilities of forming a government Once the Speaker has spoken to all the party leaders, he or she can give the task of exploring the possibilities of forming a government to one of them. However, the procedure for the task, how much time it is to take and whether or not it should be set is not regulated by law, but decided exclusively by the current Speaker. The task may, for example, involve the representative of a party investigating which Riksdag parties support him or her in forming a government. The party representative should report the result to the Speaker and the Speaker can then either choose to propose the party representative as the new prime minister or resume talks with all the Riksdag party leaders. Then the Speaker can, if he or she wishes, give a similar task to another party leader. The Speaker presents his proposal Once the Speaker believes that he has found a suitable candidate for the position of prime minister, he will present a proposal for a new prime minister in the Chamber. He will then also state which parties will be included in the Government. The proposal will then be tabled once more in the Chamber, and at the third meeting of the Chamber the members of the Riksdag will vote on the proposal. If more than half of the members of the Riksdag vote against the Speaker's proposal for a new prime minister, it will not be passed. Otherwise it will be approved. If the proposal is rejected, the Speaker must speak with the party leaders again and present a new proposal. The Speaker has four opportunities to do this. If the Riksdag rejects all proposals for a new prime minister, extraordinary elections will be held. On all previous occasions, the Riksdag has always approved the Speaker’s first proposal. Extraordinary elections If the Speaker fails to obtain approval for his proposal for a new prime minister for four consecutive times, extraordinary elections will be held within three months. The Speaker will have to decide the day the elections are to be held in consultation with the Election Authority. Once extraordinary elections have been called, the Speaker may at the request of the Government decide to suspend the work of the Riksdag until the newly elected Riksdag has been convened. Extraordinary elections do not interfere with procedures for ordinary general elections. Extraordinary elections are unusual in Sweden. Since the advent of democracy at the beginning of the 20th century, extraordinary elections have only taken place once. They were to the former Second Chamber on 1 June 1958, and the major election issue at the time was the national supplementary pension (ATP). Stefan Löfven leads caretaker government Stefan Löfven was rejected in the vote on the Prime Minister and was dismissed from office by the Speaker. Stefan Löfven is now leading a caretaker government. A caretaker government remains in office until a new government has taken office. A new government formally takes office at a Council of State at the Royal Palace. In principle, a caretaker government has the same powers as an ordinary government with the exception that it may not call an extraordinary election. As a rule, a caretaker government takes decisions on day-to-day issues, but does not take any political initiatives. The Speaker chose Ulf Kristersson The Speaker's first proposal for a new prime minister was Ulf Kristersson (Moderate Party). The Speaker's proposal was put to the vote in the Chamber on 14 November. The Riksdag voted no to the Speaker's proposal.