Left party threatens to vote no in PM vote: “We demand respect”

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By: Edinah Masanga

The Left party has poured cold water on the impending prime minister vote after they threatened to vote no if their demands were not met. This was said at a press conference on Monday morning by the party’s leader Jonas Sjöstedt.

Sjöstedt said that his party cannot accept to not have any form of influence in the proposed government. However, the Left party leader also reiterated that they would like to see Stefan Löfven as prime minister but that there isn’t enough time to negotiate if the vote is to go ahead on Wednesday.

“I have informed Andreas Norlén that it is not reasonable to have a Prime Minister’s vote on Wednesday. If he wants it, he must put forward Ulf Kristersson. I have also informed that we want Stefan Löfven as prime minister, …But as the situation is now, with regard to guarantees for our reforms, we are not there yet.”

“Should the situation go unchanged. Then we can’t vote yellow. We are an absolutely necessary part for Löfven to become prime minister. We demand respect for it.”

Sjöstedt took a hardline on calls for his party not to have influence saying they demand respect since their vote is needed for the coalition to get a marjority.

“We do not accept that we can say that we should have zero influence.”

A series of proposed alliances and unions have failed since the election. The political mathematics is complicated by the fact that all have promised not to work with the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, a party with roots in the white-supremacist fringe and that holds the balance of power.

The deal between Lofven – and the Green Party marks the death of the four-party, centre-right Alliance, formed in 2004 to end the Social Democrat’s century-long dominance of politics.

Aftonbladet said the deal included an agreement to reform the tightly regulated labour market and loosen rent regulations to ease a housing crisis, policies the centre-left Social Democrats have long opposed.

On the economy, the Centre and Liberal parties want free-market reforms and lower taxes, while the Social Democrats have generally advocated more spending on welfare and policies to even out wealth inequalities.

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