Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson. Photo: Janerik Henriksson / TT
Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson. Photo: Janerik Henriksson / TT

Union head: "Co-operate for the sake of the country"

The head of the blue-collar Swedish trades union congress, LO, says he would like to see the nation's extra election, which is planned for this spring but has not yet officially been called, cancelled.

Speaking to Swedish Radio News, Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson says he would prefer it if some of the centre-right parties crossed the floor and started to work together with the Social Democrat-led government, but adds that it does not seem likely.

"Stefan Löfven was very clear at the press conference the week-before-last that if the other parties came with some kind of initiative to solve all of this, then he wouldn't be against it. And for the sake of the country and the economy, it would be very good if we could solve this. But the positions are locked and it is hard to see any way out of this extra election", he says.

The LO is one of the main backers of the Social Democratic party, and Thorwaldsson has a seat on the party's powerful governing executive committee. Last week he called on the party to cut ties with its coalition partners the Green Party ahead of the new election and not go to the polls as a coalition.

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