Sweden Will Hold Snap Elections for the First Time Since 1958

December 4, 2014 6:29 AM

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Sweden Will Hold Snap Elections for the First Time Since 1958

Sweden’s new Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has called for snap elections, the country’s first in nearly 60 years, after a populist anti-immigration party trashed his attempt to build support for his first budget proposal.

The decision was announced Wednesday, a day after the Sweden Democrat party chose to back the opposition’s alternative budget, a move almost unheard of in a country long known to seek broad, political consensus, Wall Street Journal reports.

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