Left Party Leaves Afghanistan Talks
With the Swedish center-right government due to present it bill on the future of the Swedish force in Afghanistan Thursday, the opposition Left Party has announced it is leaving the talks on hammering out compromise legislation.
Left Party leader Lars Ohly has expressed his disappointment that the Social Democrat and Green parties have abandoned the joint position on the issue they adopted with the Left before September’s election loss. The Left party has been most adamant about bringing home the 500 Swedish Isaf soldiers as soon as possible.
The mission’s current mandate expires on January 1. So far five Swedish soldiers have died in Afghanistan.