Swedish parties eye new alliances to block far-right

Mainstream Swedish parties from the right and left said on Monday that they would consider alliances with each other after a September election.

Swedish parties eye new alliances to block far-right

 

Mainstream Swedish parties from the right and left said on Monday that they would consider alliances with each other after a September election to prevent the far-right from becoming a kingmaker after the vote.

    Recent polls show the ruling centre-right "Alliance" just ahead of the Social Democrat-led coalition with less than 100 days to go to the national vote, but neither bloc has enough support to establish a clear majority in parliament.

    Polls show the right-wing Swedish Democrats would clear the four percent support hurdle needed to win a seat in parliament for the first time, potentially casting them in the role of kingmaker after the Sept. 19 vote. 

    But neither mainstream bloc is willing to join forces with the Swedish Democrats, a party modelled after France's National Front which has been confined to the extreme fringe of Sweden's political scene for most of its 22-year history.

    In the event of a hung parliament, the Red-Green opposition would try to get the Liberal or Centre parties -- both part of the current government -- to support them, a spokeswoman for the Green party said.

    "It is reasonable that we could reach a cross-bloc agreement if the Swedish Democrats get in because it's not acceptable to have them holding the balance of power in a government," Green Party secretary Agneta Borjesson told Reuters.

    She said her party had not discussed cooperating with the Moderate Party, led by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

    The Moderate Party -- the largest in the four-party alliance that makes up Sweden's government -- would seek support from the Greens if they were to win the election, but find themselves unable to form a majority government.

    "We have a very clear policy that we will not cooperate with the Swedish Democrats," Moderate Party secretary Per Schlingman told daily Svenska Dagbladet.

  "If there is a hung parliament, we will seek broader support for our policies, first of all from the Green party."

Reuters

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