Secret talks may stave off new elections
The government and the opposition Alliance are said to have been in secret negotiations over the last couple of days trying to figure out whether there is a way to avoid calling new elections, according to Swedish Television News.
While Social Democrat Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has already said he would call new elections because his budget failed to pass in Parliament, that would not be officially enacted until December 30.
According to SVT's sources, however, the discussions are not being held among party leaders.
"From the government's side, it is primarily Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson, and from the Alliance parties, a couple of their economic-political spokespeople are participating," SVT's reporter Kerstin Holm said on the morning program, Gomorron Sverige. However, news agency TT reports that the Finance Minister's press secretary, Miriam Abu Eid, says that she does not now about any negotations.
"The interesting thing is that they're not talking about issues, but rather questions of form: how a minority government in Sweden could be able to get its budget through in the Parliament," Holm said.
The Prime Minister's press secretary, Erik Nises, told TT that there have been Parliamentary level talks, meant to be constructive, about the rules for a minority government, but that the plan is still to call for new elections.
If held, the new election will be on March 22.