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'Sweden is waiting for a better government'

Published tisdag 1 maj 2012 kl 16.55
Löfven speaking in Gothenberg on May Day. Photo: SVT

In his first May Day speech as Social Democratic Leader, Stefan Löfven outlined the most important questions for his party: jobs, training and equal opportunities.

After six years of centre-right government, he said, Sweden is going backwards instead of forwards.

“The government is waiting for better times. Sweden is waiting for a better government,” he told supporters in the western city of Gothenberg.

However it will take some time he said, before the party can come forward with detailed proposals.

“I’m always getting the question, when will you come up with something new? It’s coming gradually! You develop new policies all the time,” he said.

He also called for an innovation council, led by the Prime Minister, which would help Sweden on the road to full employment. He aded that the government has squandered thousands of jobs during the financial crisis, by not having a credible strategy.

In a speech in Södertälje outside Stockholm, his Left Party counterpart, Jonas Sjöstedt, reiterated a call for a special tax on Swedish banks which would be used to fund employment programs.

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