By Staff Reporter
Prospects of a smooth next government formation are bleak as Centerpartiet rules out any cooperation that includes the Left Party or far-right Sweden Democrats. This comes after the party’s leader Annie Loof reiterated on Twitter that any cooperation that includes either the Left party or far-right Sweden Democrats was explicitly out of the question.
“Sweden needs more cooperation, we are open to both the Social Democrats and other alliance parties,” the C leader stated.
The former liberal alliance popularly known as Alliansen included the Moderates, Christian Democrats, Centre Party and the Liberals party. The alliance however split after the last election in 2018 mainly because the Center party leader and then Liberal leader were not prepared to sit in a government that includes the far-right Sweden Democrats.
Due to their extreme policies which target people who originate from outside Europe, the far-right Sweden Democrats are a source of controversy.
However, it’s not all parties on the left that the Centre party is prepared to work with, as it has ruled out any cooperation with the Left party which it accuses of driving populist socialist politics. This complicates the government formation process in Sweden. Without either the Left party or far-right Sweden Democrats, neither side of the political divide will be able to form a majority to rule.
Besides that liberal alliance, the other political block includes the Social Democrats, the Green Party and the Left party. The Social Democrats as the governing party have to choose who they want to govern with and the decision by the Centre party puts a spanner into the works as the left-leaning bloc will not be able to form a majority without the Left party.
This is however not new, as the Center party has repeatedly categorically ruled out any cooperation on the peripheries of the political alternatives.
“A collaboration with S (the Social Democrats) will be based on politics leaning towards the centre, not left-wing politics,” Annie Loof declared.