Government agreement in Sweden with the support of the extreme right

Government agreement in Sweden with the support of the extreme right

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – The leader of the Moderate Party, Ulf Kristersson, said on Friday he had reached an agreement with the Christian Democrats and the Liberals on a minority coalition government in Sweden backed by the far right.

The right-wing parties won a slim majority of 176 seats out of 349 in last month’s general election, and Ulf Kristersson, whose Conservative party came out on top, has been working to form a government ever since.

The Democrats of Sweden, a nationalist and anti-immigrant party, have agreed to support the government without joining it and will be able to influence the country’s politics, a first in Swedish history.

The new government will face parliament for a vote of confidence on Monday, President Andreas Norlen said at a press conference.

Ulf Kristersson told reporters the election result made change “not only necessary, but possible”.

In particular, the new government wants to lower taxes and boost the construction of nuclear power plants.

For their part, Sweden’s Democrats intend to advance their anti-immigration agenda by proposing restricting the right to asylum and family reunification, or even expelling criminals of foreign origin.

(Report by Anna Ringstrom and Simon Johnson, French version Tangi Salaün, edited by Kate Entringer)


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