Left Party leader Jonas Sjöstedt

Left wants to govern with Social Democrats

The Swedish Left Party is laying the foundation for cooperating with the Social Democrats in government after the 2014 elections.

Writing in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter Sunday, Left leader Jonas Sjöstedt says the Social Democrats can no longer govern Sweden alone as they have in the past, and will have to cooperate with other parties.

The overture comes on the eve of next week’s Social Democrat party conference.

Confusion over the off-again, on-again position by then-Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin concerning working with the former Communists is one of the reasons attributed to her narrow failure to win the last election.

In the end, the Social Democrats campaigned as an alliance with the Greens and Left Party. The three parties have held a significant edge in the opinion polls over the center-right government for months.

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