Stefan Löfven. Photo: Mattias Ahlm/Sveriges Radio
Stefan Löfven. Photo: Mattias Ahlm/Sveriges Radio

Löfven hesitates calling Saudi Arabia a dictatorship

The deal of military cooperation Sweden has with Saudi Arabia is set to expire this May but Thursday in Parliament, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said that he wants to renegotiate the deal.

Löfven, a Social Democrat, found staunch opposition from both the Green Party and Left Party, as well as criticism from the Liberals.

When questioned about whether he would call Saudi Arabia a dictatorship, Löfven hesitated and wouldn't use the word to describe the country. However, an hour later, Löfven sent an sms to news agency TT, saying that if he had to choose between calling Saudi Arabia a democracy or a dictatorship, he would call it a dictatorship and said that there were serious human rights violations in the country.

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