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Swedish parties play the waiting game

Swedish parties play the waiting game
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The shape of Sweden’s future government remains uncertain after the Green Party rebuffed an overture from the ruling centre-right. The Alliance lost its parliamentary majority in Sunday’s election.

It can either try to form a minority government or find a coalition partner. But it has ruled out working with the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats.

“We now have until the 4th or the 5th of October,” said the Prime Minister Frederik Reinfeldt. “It’s good to let the election result sink in and get the final results. There will be time for discussion but these are not discussions I will undertake through the media.”

For now the Greens are playing hard to get. The fourth largest party says it received no mandate from its voters to begin negotiations with the Alliance.

“If the unclear parliamentary situation continues after the final results are published on Wednesday, we believe that the natural step for Frederik Reinfeldt to take would be to contact the red-green parties to discuss the situation,” said Green Party co-leader Peter Eriksson.

In Stockholm at least five thousand people demonstrated against the Sweden Democrats. A smaller number also protested in Gothenburg. The party, which has its roots in the racist far right but which denies that it is still racist, enters parliament for the first time.