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Swedish Centre, Liberal parties to back Social Democrat Lofven as PM - paper

Reuters 2019-01-11 15:00:04
FILE PHOTO: Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven gives a news conference at Swedish parliament in Stockholm, Sweden November 23, 2018. Henrik Montgomery/TT News Agency/via REUTERS/File Pbhoto

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden’s Centre and Liberal parties have agreed on a deal to give Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven a second term in office, potentially ending months of political deadlock, daily Aftonbladet reported, citing unnamed sources.

The deal has still to be formally approved by the parties’ governing committees.

September’s election delivered a hung parliament and the centre-left and centre-right blocs have been at loggerheads on how to form a government without the support of the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, a party with roots in the white-supremacist fringe and who hold the balance of power.