Tsunami Commission Report

Opposition Delays No Confidence Vote

Sweden’s opposition political parties have reached a compromise, agreeing to delay seeking a vote of no confidence in the minority Social Democratic government of Göran Persson, until after a hearing by the Parliamentary Committee on the Constitution.

The discussions follow last week’s highly critical report from an official commission on the government’s slow reaction to the Asian tsunami disaster, which took more than 500 Swedish lives. The opposition Center party reportedly wanted to call for the vote.

But the largest opposition party, the Conservative Moderates, rejected the idea, saying that the government would win, and would emerge from the vote stronger.

The four opposition parties have agreed to discuss the issue with the Left and Green parties, which ordinarily support the minority government in parliament. Members of both parties have expressed support for a vote of no confidence against Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds, who was also strongly criticized in the report.

The opposition would need 17 more votes in parliament to win a vote of no confidence.

The Greens, however, have said they want to wait for the parliamentary hearing, which is expected to last until the Spring.

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