October 13, 2018 / 2:32 PM / 7 days ago

Centre Party says will not back Moderates government proposal

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden’s Centre Party will not support the Moderates’ proposal of forming a government without all other parties in its bloc and the centre-right alliance bloc member should withdraw its proposal, party leader Annie Loof said on Saturday.

Annie Loof, leader of Sweden's Center Party, speaks during a news conference in Stockholm, Sweden October 13, 2018. TT News Agency/Henrik Montgomery via REUTERS

The Moderates said on Friday it was prepared to form a government without all other parties in its Alliance bloc.

Annie Loof, leader of Sweden's Center Party, speaks during a news conference in Stockholm, Sweden October 13, 2018. TT News Agency/Henrik Montgomery via REUTERS

Yet, the Liberal and Centre party said in separate press conferences on Saturday that they would not support the Moderates Friday proposal, scuppering the latest attempt at ending the political deadlock.

“We still want an alliance government but that needs cooperation over the (political divide), otherwise that will give power to the Sweden Democrats,” Loof told reporters on Saturday.

“An alliance government with less than four parties is not an alliance government... the Moderates should withdraw the proposal,” she said.

Earlier on Saturday, Liberal party leader Jan Bjorklund said he will not back a government made up of centre-right Alliance bloc members the Moderates and Christian Democrats.

Reporting by Daniel Dickson, Johan Sennero, Esha Vaish in Stockholm

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