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Sweden closing in on political accord: reports

Sweden s ruling Social Democrats and Greens were nearing an accord Friday to form a minority coalition with centrist support and end months of post-poll gridlock, media reports said. A September election was inconclusive but if the Liberals and the Centre Party come aboard that will mean a solution has been found, Aftonbladet daily said on its website. Those two parties are currently in a four-party alliance grouping conservatives and Christian Democrats. Aftonbladet, seen as close to the Social Democrats, noted both would have to ensure their party base swings behind any switch. A revamped coalition would hold 167 seats in the 349-seat single chamber parliament, eight short of a minority. Under Sweden s political system, a government can operate as long as a majority of lawmakers do not vote it down. The details of an accord to bring in the Liberals and centrists were not immediately clear. However, Aftonbladet reported that Prime Minister Stefan Lofven s Social Democrats had given

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