Sweden appoints conservative Ulf Kristersson as prime minister

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Sweden appoints conservative Ulf Kristersson as prime minister

The Swedish Parliament chose this Monday Prime Minister to the conservative Ulf Kristersson, who will govern in a minority with Christian Democrats and Liberals and with the external support of the ultra-right Sweden Democrats (SD).

Kristersson received176 votes in favor and 173 against, With which the condition established in the Swedish system to be elected Prime Minister is fulfilled: not having the majority of the House, set at 175 seats, against.

The Social Democratic Party, in power for the past two legislatures, received the most votes in the legislative elections of September 11 with 30.3%, ahead of the SD (20.5 %) and the conservatives (19.1%).

Kristersson will read tomorrow before the Parliament his government declaration and will present his report. then the cabinet of him, who will assume power formally during a Council of State, chaired by King Carl XVI Gustaf.

“Change is not only necessary, but also possible,” said the leader of the conservative parliamentary group, Tobias Billström, during the debate prior to the vote. that Sweden needed a prime minister who would “unite and not divide.”

Her fellow Social Democrat, Lena Hallengren, called The new executive is “weak” and directed “to a large extent” by the SD.

The agreement between the four political forces, presented last Friday, includes strengthening immigration policy and the fight against crime, as well as as a boost to nuclear power and a cut in development aid.

SD leader Jimmie angst; that his party would have preferred a majority Executive to have been a part of, but he stressed & oacute; that you have obtained“significant” political influence on the deal and that “it's like we're in government.”

Kristersson was On the 19th, the official charge of directing the negotiations was given after Norlén met with all the political leaders and a majority gave him their support.< /p>

The SD, with neo-Nazi roots at its foundation in the late 1980s, was subjected to a “cordon sanitaire” by the rest of the forces It has changed since entering Parliament in 2010, which explains why the Social Democrats have governed in a minority in the last two legislatures despite the fact that there was a center-right majority in the Chamber.

Conservatives, Christian Democrats and Liberals, however, were open last year tobreak that isolation and agree with the SD, although they rejected their entry into an executive.