05:05 GMT +314 October 2019
Listen Live
    Swedish armed forces soldiers attend a rehearsal in front of the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden (File)

    New Swedish PM Says Will Preserve Country's Defence Policy, Won't Join NATO

    © AFP 2019 / Fabrizio Bensch
    Europe
    Get short URL
    7132
    Subscribe

    STOCKHOLM (Sputnik) - Recently elected Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Loefven, who presented on Monday the country's new government, pledged that Sweden's security policy line would remain the same under the new authorities and Stockholm would not try to join NATO.

    "Sweden will maintain its security policy line. The defence appropriations will be gradually increased to strengthen Sweden’s military capabilities and our cooperation with other countries and organisations will be deepened. Our military non-alignment serves our country well. Sweden will not apply for membership of NATO", Loefven said when presenting his new government program, as quoted by the official website of the Swedish government.

    READ MORE: 'Christ' Banished as 'Offensive' From Swedish Number Plates

    The newly formed Swedish government has not seen any major reshuffle. Both foreign and defence ministers have kept their posts.

    Loefven, who has been serving as the head of the government since 2014, was re-elected the country's prime minister by the parliament on January 18, which allowed the authorities to break the political deadlock that the country reached following parliamentary elections last September.

    As no party and no bloc secured a clear majority at the Riksdag as a result of the elections, the political forces engaged in almost four-months-long negotiations, which were complicated by the fact that none of the parties wanted to cooperate with right-wing anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats, which secured 17.5 percent of the vote.

    Related:

    70% of Swedes Lose Confidence in Politicians Amid Weakest Gov't in Decades
    Swedish Lawmakers Back Lofven for Prime Minister's Office
    Outrage as Swedish TV Cuts Word 'Islam' From Saudi Refugee Girl Story
    Ew! Swedish Scientists Concoct 'Green' Bio-Plastic From Smelly Faecal Molecule
    Tags:
    NATO, Stefan Loefven, Sweden
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik