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New Local Swedish Elections to End Blockade?

Published onsdag 20 december 2006 kl 15.08

Swedish Prime Minister Frederik Reinfeldt says his center-right coalition government favors new local elections where deadlocks are blocking the formation of a new local government.

The elections last September saw large gains for the anti-immigrant, right- wing Swedish Democrats and similar parties around the country – and some of these new-covers to the local scene are being boycotted by other established parties which lost ground.

Adding to the confusion, some of these anti-immigrant parties won seats even where they had no candidates or where they simply listed others without asking them to represent them and who now refuse to do so.

The prime minister has also rejected a proposal from the Social Demcoratics now in opposition – and who now suggest holding future parliamentary elections every 3rd year instead of every 4th.

The prime minister argues that a new national government needs time to work – and that a better solution would be to return to the system of having national and local elections in different years instead of as now at the same time – with local issues often burried in election campaigns.

Meanwhile, the prime minister has also captured some smaller headlines and lifted some political eyebrows by taking the initiative to hold a Christmas speech to the nation – a tradition up to now reserved for the Swedish king himself.

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