Swedish PM calls off snap election after deal with center-right: Expressen newspaper

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 27, 2014 3:59 AM

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven will later on Saturday call off a planned snap election, Swedish daily Expressen reported on its website citing sources.

Lofven's Social Democrats, junior coalition partner the Greens, and center-right opposition parties the Moderates, the Liberals, the Christian Democrats and the Centre Party called a joint press conference at 0930 GMT (4.30 a.m EST), suggesting a deal of some sort had been reached.

Lofven had said he planed to call a snap vote for March 22 after losing a budget vote in December when the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats backed an alternative finance bill put forward by the four-party Alliance opposition.

(Reporting by Daniel Dickson; Editing by Toby Chopra)