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Social Democrat Stefan Löfven may go down in history as Sweden's shortest serving prime minister. Photo: TT

On course for new election

Despite leaks to the media that the government and opposition are in talks to avert a snap election, the government is still getting ready for an expected announcement on December 30 that it is officially calling an election. The actual balloting would then be on March 22.

The media reports had suggested the centre-right opposition were prepared to cooperate with the red-green government in order to get reforms making it easier for minority governments to rule.

The leaders of two major union federations have called for cross-bloc cooperation to break the deadlock, reports news agency TT.

Currently the government and opposition are both showing roughly 38 percent support in the polls. Alongside them are the Left party, which supports the government, and the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who just forced the new election by backing the opposition centre-right budget in parliament over the government's legislation.


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