Parliament Votes to Keep Nuclear Power
The Swedish Parliament has narrowly voted to lift a ban on building new nuclear power reactors, in a vote late Thursday evening. The ban stems from a referendum on the use of nuclear power stations back in 1980, which decided that old reactors would not be replaced. Thursday's vote overturns that decision, meaning any of the now-existing 10 reactors could be replaced with new ones when they have run their course.
The government's wafer-thin majority in parliament was threatened by members of the Centre Party voting against the new proposals, as they are traditionally opposed to nuclear power, but many of them agreed to the new plans in exchange for new rules increasing liability for new reactor owners in case of an accident.
The opposition Red-Green alliance voted against the proposal, and would scrap it if they win September's general election.