Conservative leader Ulf Kristersson was on Monday elected Sweden’s new Prime Minister and was, for the first time, backed by the far-right Sweden Democrats.

Kristersson, 58, was elected with 176 votes in favour and 173 against, after announcing a deal on Friday to form a three-party government between his Moderate Party, the Christian Democrats and the Liberals, supported in parliament by their key ally, the far-right Sweden Democrats.

The new government plans to cut taxes, begin the process of building new nuclear power plants, cap benefits, tighten immigration rules and give police more powers as part of a policy deal with the Sweden Democrats.


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