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Opposition party backs Sweden’s Social Democratic leader as premier

DPA
Stockholm
Social Democratic leader Stefan Lofven on Saturday received strong backing from an opposition party in his bid for a new term as Swedish prime minister.
The Centre Party’s council of trustees endorsed a draft agreement with three other parties on terms for a new government led by Lofven, Centre Party leader Annie Loof said.
“We opted for a government that does not rely on support from the Sweden Democrats,” she said, referring to the right-wing populist party, which has the swing vote.
The endorsement was carried by a 56-to-2 vote, Loof told reporters.
The dissenters represented student organizations.
Loof said her party would remain outside the envisaged government, but cooperate on the budget and other key bills.
The draft agreement unveiled Friday comprised the Social Democrats, the Greens, the Centre Party and the Liberals. The Liberal Party’s council of trustees was due to vote on its stance on Sunday. The party is openly divided.

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