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Moderates willing to rule as minority

Published torsdag 3 november 2016 kl 10.13
Swedish parliament
The Swedish government is currently led by a minority Red-Green coalition. Credit: Anders Wiklund / TT

Almost six out of ten Moderate Party politicians from around the country would be willing to form a government even if their four-party Alliance gets less support than the current ruling coalition, a survey by Sveriges Television (SVT) has shown.

If the Alliance would get fewer seats that the Red-Green coalition which makes up the current government, the right-wing Sweden Democrats would be more likely to support a candidate for prime minister who is from the right-leaning Alliance.

“The Sweden Democrats have stated they would support a conservative candidate for prime minister, so it sounds to me like we would get in government,” the Mayor of Öckero Arne Lernhag told SVT.

Nearly 70 per cent of the Moderate Party's 283 local politicians completed the entire survey.

Social Democrat Stefan Löfven became Sweden’s Prime Minister in 2014, leading a minority Red-Green government. He replaced Fredrik Reinfeldt of the Moderate Party, who had been in power for eight years.

The next general election will be held in 2018.

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