politics

Parliament passes new constitution

The Swedish Parliament has voted through reforms of the Swedish constitution Wednesday, which include adding the fact that Sweden is a member of the European Union, and changing the country's election rules.

As of the next election candidates will only need to gain 5% of their party's vote in a region to leap-frog their way past other candidates higher up on the party list and get elected into parliament. The current barrier is 8%.

There was widespread support in parliament for the changes, with the amendments already being passed in the last parliament. Changes to the constitution can only occur following two separate parliament votes, with a general election in-between.

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