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Stefan Löfven welcomes start of 'historic' era in Swedish politics

Stefan Löfven speaking in parliament on Monday. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Published: 21.Jan.2019 11:52 hrs

Stefan Löfven addressed the Swedish parliament for the first time on Monday after being voted back in as prime minister a record 131 days after the election.

Social Democrat leader Löfven, who only managed to secure reelection after striking a controversial deal with his former centre-right rivals in parliament, described the day as "the start of a historic collaboration".

After tough negotiations, the Liberals and the Centre Party last week chose to throw their support behind Löfven instead of their right-wing allies. They argued it was in order to avoid a government that would inadvertently be forced to rely on the far-right nationalist Sweden Democrats in parliament.

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