Swe­den strug­gles to end po­lit­i­cal dead­lock

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - International -

SWEDISH Mod­er­ates leader Ulf Kris­ters­son said on Fri­day he was pre­pared to form a govern­ment with­out other par­ties in the cen­ter-right Al­liance coali­tion af­ter last month’s gen­eral elec­tions ef­fec­tively re­sulted in a hung par­lia­ment.

While form­ing a govern­ment con­sist­ing of all four Al­liance par­ties re­mained the pre­ferred op­tion, Kris­ters­son said he had of­fered other lead­ers in the coali­tion the op­tion of sup­port­ing his govern­ment in par­lia­ment with­out join­ing his cab­i­net.

Nei­ther the Al­liance nor the cen­ter-left bloc in par­lia­ment won a ma­jor­ity in the Sept. 9 elec­tions, leav­ing the anti-im­mi­gra­tion Swe­den Democrats, which has been shunned by all other par­ties, hold­ing the bal­ance of power.

Two ju­nior mem­bers of the Al­liance coali­tion, the Cen­tre and Lib­eral par­ties, have ruled out form­ing a cab­i­net re­quir­ing even the tacit sup­port of the na­tion­al­ist Swe­den Democrats, leav­ing the road to a sta­ble govern­ment un­clear.

Kris­ters­son’s of­fer to his Al­liance part­ners is a bid to re­solve the im­passe, but would still re­quire some mod­icum of par­lia­men­tary sup­port from the both the Swe­den Democrats and any cen­ter-right par­ties stay­ing on the side­lines, a prospect that is far from as­sured.

The Mod­er­ates leader was tasked with form­ing a govern­ment by the speaker ear­lier this month and must re­port his find­ings by Tues­day. If Kris­ters­son fails in his ef­forts, the task would likely be handed to So­cial Demo­crat leader Ste­fan Lofven who was voted out of of­fice by the Al­liance and the Swe­den Democrats in the wake of the elec­tions.

The Swe­den Democrats have said they will not ac­cept a govern­ment that does not give them a say on pol­icy, but is likely to find a rul­ing coali­tion of only Kris­ters­son’s Mod­er­ates and the Chris­tian Democrats more ap­peal­ing than a full Al­liance govern­ment.

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