Sweden PM, opposition strike deal

Reuters STOCKHOLM (Reuters) — Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven took a big step toward a second term as Sweden’s prime minister on Friday after agreeing on a deal with two opposition parties that will move policy sharply to the right with tax cuts and business-friendly reforms.

Swedish politics has been deadlocked since a September election resulted in a hung parliament.

Finding a new government has been complicated by a promise from all parties not to work with the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, which has roots in the white-supremacist fringe and holds the balance of power.

“This is not the solution we would ideally have liked, but it is the best that is possible in an extremely difficult situation,” Annie Loof, leader of the center-right Centre party, told reporters.Speech

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