Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt
election 2010

Reinfeldt defends minority government

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt defended his decision to lead the country with his center-Right Alliance as a minority government, in an interview with Swedish Radio news on Saturday.

Reinfeldt said that before the election, he told the Swedish people that "I hoped for continued majority support. Should the Sweden Democrats get into parliament, then the political block that got the most voter support should govern. I have followed through on this statement," he said.

Swedish Radio news also reported that Reinfeldt has made a departure from the principles of his party, the conservative Moderates. In the past, the party's view has been that in the case of no clear majority after an election, the prime minister should step down.

Reinfeldt has stayed on, arguing that this is what he promised voters.

The prime minister also added that he is hoping to work together with the center-left, Red-Green opposition on the issues of Afghanistan, immigration politics, and education.

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