Hans Linde, gruppledare för Vänsterpartiet, bredvid ledarna för S och MP samt Alliansen. Foto: TT
Left Party group leader Hans Linde says the deal is welcome, despite his party not appearing at the press conference. Photo: TT

Left Party welcomes December deal

The Left Party has been left outside the December cross-party deal, but it welcomes the agreement for isolating the anti-immigration Sweden Democrat Party.

"I think it's positive that a party with on 13 percent of the vote can't hold Sweden's politics hostage any longer," says Hans Linde, the leader of the Left Party group in parliament.

He is referring to the Sweden Democrats, who catalysed the current crisis by using its casting vote to scupper the government's budget and prompting the prime minister to promise a new election.

The December deal reached on Saturday means the Sweden Democrats will no longer be the parliament's kingmakers.

And the Left Party was also left out of the press conference, despite being a tacit supporter of the centre-left government. "They are not a government party. They have been informed", said Stefan Löfven.

Speaking from outside Sweden Left Party leader Jonas Sjöstedt says to SVT he welcomes the deal and they have had a discussion with the government. He says his party's agreement with the government, to limit companies from taking profits out of companies running social services, will continue.

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