Swedish opposition party to quit budget deal, opens door to new election

by Reuters
Friday, 9 October 2015 14:38 GMT

STOCKHOLM, Oct 9 (Reuters) - The smallest Swedish opposition party, the Christian Democrats, voted on Friday to leave an agreement that makes it possible for the current centre-left minority government to rule the country, opening up the possibility of fresh elections.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven's government and the mainstream opposition brokered a deal in December last year to sideline the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who hold the balance of power in parliament, and avert a snap election after the Sweden Democrats had voted on the centre-right budget.

The Sweden Democrats had threatened to bring down any government that did not curb rising immigration. (Reporting by Daniel Dickson)

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