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Moderates Look To Next Election

Published måndag 31 augusti 2009 kl 17.08
Foto: Henrik Montgomery/Scanpix.

The biggest party in Sweden's 4 party government coalition, the conservative Moderates finished their party conference Sunday, with delegates going against the party line on some issues, but deciding not to make waves on others.

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt opened the conference by stating his aim to make the conservative Moderates the natural party of government in Sweden, and this was reflected in many of the decisions taken by party delegates. With the General Election just a year away, now was not the time to rock the boat too much, many delegates seemed to think, as many of the votes on important policy issues followed the lead set by the leadership.

Despite calls from some on the right wing of the party, the conference decided not to work to reform to the "last in - first out" rule that applies in Swedish workplaces, for example. The youth wing of the party had called for reforms to make it easier for young people to get jobs, but they were ignored.

But the conference did go against the leadership line on several issues.

The conference wants to let immigrants without a visa that have managed to get a job, stay and re-apply for a visa here in Sweden, rather than having to go back to their home countries to apply from there.

Sweden should also be able to withdraw citizenship from new citizens if it's discovered that they have lied in their applications, the conference said.

Party members also stood up for nuclear power, wanting to build more than the 10 reactors currently in use. But there the Moderates will have to be patient, as a deal with some of their more sceptical coalition partners means no new reactors are to be built in Sweden for the time being.

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