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Post-election

Opposition Wants Afghan Withdrawal Date

Published tisdag 28 september 2010 kl 13.18
Swedish soldiers in Afghanistan

The opposition Green Party says it has talked with the Prime minister only about immigrant questions and not the controversial question of Swedish troops in Afghanistan. While the center-right alliance does not want to set a pull-out date, the Greens and their opposition colleagues Social Democrats want such a date and their allies, the Left Party, has been calling for an immediate withdrawal.

The Greens add that they have to maintain their stand – even if it means that they would get the tacit support of the anti-immigrant Swedish Democrats who want to bring the Swedish troops back home.

In other post-election news, Swedish Center Party leader Maud Olofsson says she is willing to give up her post as deputy prime minister since this usually goes to the second largest party in a ruling coalition - and the Liberal Party scored higher in last week's elections than her own party.

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