Greens back Swe­den’s So­cial leader as premier

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STOCK­HOLM: Swe­den’s Green Party said on Sun­day it sup­ports So­cial Demo­cratic leader Ste­fan Lofven re­turn­ing as prime min­is­ter, a job he had un­til in­con­clu­sive elec­tions last year.

“It was de­ci­sive for us that Swe­den con­tin­ues to make progress in the cli­mate area,” Greens co-leader Is­abella Lovin told re­porters.

Swe­den’s Septem­ber 9 gen­eral elec­tion re­sulted in a po­lit­i­cal stale­mate be­tween the coun­try’s two main po­lit­i­cal al­liances, one led by Lofven’s So­cial Democrats and the other by the con­ser­va­tives un­der Ulf Kris­ters­son of the Mod­er­ate Party. Nei­ther bloc has a ma­jor­ity in the 349-seat leg­is­la­ture, com­pli­cat­ing the for­ma­tion of a new gov­ern­ment.

Also at is­sue is the rel­a­tive surge en­joyed by the right-wing pop­ulist Swe­den Democrats, which took 17.5 per cent in the elec­tion and could act as king­maker if any of the main­stream par­ties were will­ing to work with them.

The con­fu­sion has led to mul­ti­ple failed at­tempts at cre­at­ing a gov­ern­ment since Septem­ber. — dpa

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