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Sweden closing in on political accord: reports

AFP  |  Stockholm 

Sweden's ruling Social Democrats and Greens were nearing an accord Friday to form a minority coalition with centrist support and end months of post-poll gridlock, said.

A September election was inconclusive but if the Liberals and the come aboard that will mean "a solution has been found," daily said on its website.

Those two parties are currently in a four-party alliance grouping conservatives and

Aftonbladet, seen as close to the Social Democrats, noted both would have to ensure their party base swings behind any switch.

A revamped coalition would hold 167 seats in the 349-seat single chamber parliament, eight short of a minority.

Under Sweden's political system, a government can operate as long as a majority of lawmakers do not vote it down. The details of an accord to bring in the Liberals and centrists were not immediately clear.

However, reported that Stefan Lofven's Social Democrats had given ground on labour market legislation after that proved to be a sticking point for the have meanwhile reportedly obtained the reintroduction of a tax on and family reunification for refugees.

In Sweden, the has four attempts -- two of which have already passed -- to task a candidate with forming a government that parliament will accept.

If all four attempts fail then new elections must be held. The is due to meet with party leaders on Monday and then propose a candidate for ahead of a vote set for Wednesday.

The has tasked both with trying to form a workable coalition team. Neither side is willing to accept support from the far-right, anti-immigration Democrats. With 62 seats, it is now the third-largest party in the Riksdag.

The centre-right and far-right together brought down Lofven's previous administration in a no-confidence vote at the end of September, although he has stayed on as caretaker

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 19:25 IST
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