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Centre-right Alliance and Green Party to lead Stockholm council

The Green Party has agreed to work with the centre-right Alliance parties in Stockholm's city council, meaning a power shift in the Swedish capital.

Centre-right Alliance and Green Party to lead Stockholm council
The group leaders of the Centre Party, Liberals, Christian Democrats, Moderates, and Green Party in Stockholm city council. Photo:

“We have chosen to enter into a green-blue cooperation,” said Anna König Jerlmyr, group leader for the Moderate Party in Stockholm. She said the decision was taken after “productive and intensive negotiations with the goal of finding a stable and long-term majority.”

The capital was previously run by a red-green-pink bloc, made up of the Social Democrats, Green Party, and Feminist Initiative, which lost its majority in the September 9th election.

September 9th saw Swedish citizens vote for their representatives at three levels of government: national, regional, and municipal. At the national level and at the local level in many areas, no bloc won a majority, leading to a period of negotiations made complicated by the high number of parties in Swedish politics (eight represented in parliament, with others active at the local level).

Two policies agreed on by the parties were that plans for a new flagship Apple store in the city centre will be stopped, and that Stockholm will not host the 2026 Winter Olympics, Dagens Nyheter reported.

“The discussion means that we will be able to carry out much of our election manifesto, and ensure that the Sweden Democrats are not given leverage in Stockholm,” said Green Party group leader Daniel Helldén at the press conference.

As in the parliamentary elections, the Stockholm city council elections left the two main blocs — the Alliance and the red-green-pink grouping — without a majority, with the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats the third largest group.

At the national level, deadlock continues. Moderates leader Ulf Kristersson has been asked by the speaker of parliament to try to form a government, but whether or not he will be successful and, if he is, which parties he will get support from, remains to be seen.

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2022 SWEDISH ELECTION

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.

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