Swedish Social Democrat leader sees support for budget, to proceed with government

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 26, 2014 6:26 AM

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven said on Friday he expected to gain enough support to pass a budget bill in parliament and that he would proceed with efforts to form a minority coalition government with the Greens, backed by the Left Party.

"Discussions are ongoing and are done in such a spirit that I believe this is possible," Lofven told reporters after meeting the speaker of Sweden's parliament.

Friday was the deadline for Lofven to present the speaker with a broad outline of his government and to show it would have enough support to pass a budget.

A Social Democrat and Green government, even with support from the Left Party, will not have a majority in parliament and still might not be able to pass a budget if the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats back an opposition finance bill.

Lofven said he could not be expected to have an opinion on how the Sweden Democrats would end up voting. He also said he would be able to present a new government on Oct. 3.

(Reporting by Daniel Dickson; editing by Niklas Pollard)