Green light for new Social Democrat-led government

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The Left Party will abstain on Friday's prime minister vote, opening the way for a new Social Democrat-Green government to be formed.

The promise to abstain likely brings Sweden's 4-month-long government deadlock to an end.

To become the next prime minister a candidate has to avoid a majority of the Riksdag voting against them.

Social Democrat Stefan Löfven had managed to secure support from the Greens, Center and Liberal parties, but the Left were ready to vote with the right-wing parties to block him.

After last-minute talks Left Party leader Jonas Sjöstedt says his party will no longer stand in the way of the new government.