No sign of main election manifestos

With just two weeks left to the general election both the governing Alliance coalition and the opposition Social Democrats are still to publish their election manifestos.

Pundits say the secrecy is either due to both sides playing off each other in a kind of "chicken race", or due to internal disagreements, news agency TT reports.

Rather than presenting finalised documents, both sides are choosing to present election promises bit by bit. Yesterday opposition leader Stefan Löfven told newspaper Dagens Nyheter the Social Democrat manifesto would include promises worth SEK 30 billion, including more cash to local authorities, higher unemployment benefits and lower taxes for pensioners.

Both the Social Democrats and the centre-right Alliance had already presented their manifestos at this stage of the campaign ahead of the last election.