Left Party leader rejects common election platform

Left Party leader Lars Ohly has indicated he is not interested in a common red-green election platform.

Left Party leader rejects common election platform

Instead he wants his party to meet voters as “a clear alternative on the left.”

Ohly rejects all negotiations and compromises with the Social Democratic and Green Parties prior to the 2010 parliamentary election.

“It would mean erasing our profile. Compromises and agreements are necessary if we are going to make a difference in society, but we’ll do that once we’re sitting in power and cooperating with others. But not before the election,” said Ohly to the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet ahead of the Left Party’s weekend strategy gathering.

Ohly ensured, however, that talks with the Social Democratic Party Leader Mona Sahlin and the two main spokespeople from the Green Party continue.

He also supports a common approach by the opposition parties in the Riksdag.

But in the next election campaign the Left Party should, according to Ohly, meet the voters as “a clear alternative on the left.”

“One reason why not enough people have confidence in us is that we don’t do enough to differentiate ourselves from other parties. We are on the way to realizing that we don’t have anything to gain by being less clear in our left-leaning policies, by being less of a feminist and socialist party,” he said.

On Saturday Green Party spokesperson Maria Wetterstrand demanded that the Left Party should make a decision as to whether “they want to be with us or not.”


Sweden’s right-wing parties agree to bring back Norlén as Speaker 

The four parties backing Moderate leader Ulf Kristersson as prime minister on Sunday announced that they had agreed to keep the current Speaker, Andreas Norlén in place, when the role is put to a vote as parliament opens on Monday.

Sweden's right-wing parties agree to bring back Norlén as Speaker 

The parties won a three-seat majority over the bloc led by the incumbent Social Democrats in Sweden’s general election on September 11th, and are currently in the middle of negotiating how they will form Sweden’s next government. 

Sweden’s parliament meets at 11am for the official installation of the 349 MPs for this mandate period. The votes for the Speaker and three Deputy Speakers are the first item on the agenda, after which the parties each select their parliamentary leaders and then vote on who should chair each of the parliamentary committees. 

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In a joint press release announcing the decision, the parties also agreed that the Sweden Democrats would be given eight of the 16 chairmanships the bloc will have of parliamentary committees in the next parliament, and that MPs for all four parties would back Julia Kronlid, the Sweden Democrats’ Second Deputy Leader, as the second deputy Speaker, serving under Norlén. 

In the press release, the parties said that Norlén had over the last four years shown that he has “the necessary personal qualities and qualifications which the role requires”. 

The decision to retain Norlén, who presided over the 134 days of talks and parliamentary votes that led to the January Agreement in 2019, was praised by Social Democrat leader Magdalena Andersson. 

Norlén, she said in a statement, had “managed his responsibilities well over the past four years and been a good representative of Sweden’s Riksdag.” 

The decision to appoint Kronlid was opposed by both the Left Party and the Green Party, who said that she supported tightening abortion legislation, and did not believe in evolution.

The Green Party’s joint leader Märta Stenevi said that her party “did not have confidence in Julia Kronlid”, pointing to an interview she gave in 2014 when she said she did not believe that humans were descended from apes.

The party has proposed its finance spokesperson Janine Alm Ericson as a rival candidate. 

The Left Party said it was planning to vote for the Centre Party’s candidate for the post second deputy Speaker in the hope of blocking Kronlid as a candidate.