by A swedish kind of death
Sat Dec 27th, 2014 at 01:08:57 PM EST
The new elections in Sweden which were planned for March have been cancelled. So says the radio and all the papers.
Promoted by DoDo
No, it is not a coup. The elections have not formally been called, as the cabinet can not call new elections until three months have passed since the government was appointed after the last regular elections. This in order to make sure there is time to pass a budget. Calling new elections was scheduled for the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, but now they have decided not to.
As I described in Cabinet crisis in Sweden the decision to call a new election was reached after a chicken-race over the budget and the practice that ensures minority governments the power to pass budgets as long as they are the largest bloc. The current government consisting of soc-dems and greens has made a deal with the former government parties that in the future the smaller bloc will abstain in the budget vote, thus allowing the government to pass their budget. The left party and the Sweden Democrats (ugly) are not involved in the deal.
The general reaction appears to be relief, things go back to the way they were. Personally I like elections, so it is a bit of disappointment.