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Red-Green Coalition Promise Joint Platform

Published söndag 6 september 2009 kl 10.53
Lars Ohly(Left Party), Mona Sahlin(Social Democrats) and Peter Eriksson(Greens)

Sweden's 3-party red-green opposition has promised Swedish voters a joint manifesto ahead of next year's general election.

Writing in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter, party leaders of the Social Democrat, Left and Green Parties, say they will prioritise 7 policy areas: Unemployment, climate change, education for all, helping those outside of the welfare system, fighting growing gaps in society, health care, and entrepreneurship.

They also attack the sitting centre-right 4 party coalition, accusing it of deliberately increasing the gap between the rich and poor. 6 all-party working groups will now try to build a joint election platform, to be presented in Spring next year. The next election is in September.

Although this is the first time the 3 opposition parties have formally formed a coalition, they have ruled together in the past, with the Social Democrats taking all the cabinet posts in a minority government, but negotiating policy decisions with the Left and Green parties to ensure their support in parliament.

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