New Swedish PM can expect struggle ahead

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Posted: Oct 02, 2014 9:43 AM

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Stefan Lofven has become Sweden's new prime minister at the head of a weak, left-leaning minority government that is expected to struggle to push its agenda through Parliament.

Sweden's Parliament on Thursday approved him as head of a Social Democratic-led coalition with the Greens that has the support of the small Left Party.

Most other parties abstained, but Lofven was opposed by a far-right party that more than doubled its support in last month's parliamentary election with demands for sharp cuts in immigration.

Lofven's coalition isn't expected to reverse the previous government's most popular reforms, such as tax cuts for middle-income earners, nor are any dramatic shifts in foreign policy expected.

He will present his ministers on Friday.