Liberals drop nuclear demand

The Liberal Party has said it is willing to drop its demand to allow an expansion of nuclear power to achieve a compromise deal with its partners in the opposition Alliance.

Party leader Lars Leijonborg said at a press conference on Friday that the party had agreed to a compromise as part of its ongoing energy policy negotiations with its Alliance partners the Moderates, the Centre Party and the Christian Democrats.

The deal means that the Liberal Party will not push for new nuclear power stations to be planned during the next parliament. However, the party would be able to bring its demands back to the table from 2011.

Leijonborg said the news meant there was a good chance that a deal would be struck.