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Red-greens keep aid budget they had attacked

In the new government's first proposed budget presented Thursday there is SEK 40 billion allocated to development aid, and SEK 8 billion of that sum will be used for asylum seekers, a large increase.

Swedish Radio new reports that the Green Party and Left Party which had previously opposed the use of development aid money in Sweden, now stand behind a budget which aligns with the opposition center-right alliance's suggestion.

"We haven't changed our politics," said Pernilla Stålhammar from the Green Party in interview with Swedish Radio. "This is an exceptional situation we see now in the world, with so many people displaced."

In 2014 budget the then-Alliance government had channeled nearly SEK 5 billion from foreign aid money to manage asylum seekers in Sweden. The green party was heavily critical of the move.

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