No longer united: the leaders of the Greens, Social Democrats and Left parties seen here during their election campaign

Red-Green co-operation "taking a break"

Updated 19:50

There will be a break in the close co-operation between the three red-green opposition parties that was forged ahead of the election, the Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin announced on Tuesday.

She will continue to meet her colleagues from the Green and the Left party every week, and they will continue to co-operate in certain issues, but their parties will from now on be putting forward more of their own proposals and the joint red-green website will be taken down.

The announcement was greeted with applause from several local Social Democrat branches, the news agency TT reports. Many members thought that their party trademark suffered from the red-green co-operation.

Also in the Green Party there has been a "strong urge" to return to developing "our own policies", said party leader Maria Wetterstrand. The Left Party leader Lars Ohly chose to not call it a "pause" in the co-operation, but instead that the parties "return to normal" as it was before the joint pre-election platform was forged.

Tuesday's announcement caused the political commentators to note that it will become easier for the Government to get through its policies without having to lean on the support of the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats.

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