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Lööf: "Privatisation to finance new railways"

Published lördag 21 april 2012 kl 15.23
Listen to the full interview in Swedish here
(31 min)

The Centre Party leader Annie Lööf wants to pay for as much as 2,000 km of new railways by selling the state's share of several companies.

She also says it could help finance road investments.

Her party is one of four in the ruling centre-right coalition. Yet so far the government has been outnumbered in parliament whenever talk has come up of selling the state-owned companies or its shares in others, reports Swedish Radio News who on Saturday interviewed Lööf.

Lööf hopes that a promise to invest the revenue straight into new infrastructure can convince the opposition to change its mind.

Within the government alliance, she says, the challenge is to convince the major party, the Moderates, not to use the cash for paying off the state's national debt.

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