Wednesday, December 3, 2014

First to recognize "Palestine", Swedish government falls

Yep, it was a bad omen. Let it be a lesson to all who plan to recognize "Palestine".
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden’s prime minister said Wednesday he will call for new elections on March 22, dissolving the parliament two months after it become the first European capital to recognize a Palestinian state.

The move came after an anti-immigration party helped opposition lawmakers reject the left-leaning minority government’s budget proposal.

Social Democrat Stefan Lofven, who took office just over two months ago, saw his first budget dismissed as the far-right Sweden Democrats Party sided with the center-right opposition. 182 lawmakers voted against and 153 in favor of the budget in Parliament Wednesday, prompting the first call for early elections in Sweden in over 50 years.

In October, Lofven’s government officially recognized the state of Palestine. Sweden was the first major EU nation to issue such a recognition.

The move set off a domino affect of other European parliaments voting in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state.

The Sweden Democrats, the only party that opposes the Scandinavian country’s famed liberal immigration laws, had sworn to topple the government and said the next election would hinge on immigration issues.

“We will do our best to ensure the early elections become a referendum for or against immigration,” Sweden Democrats spokesman Matthias Karlsson told a news conference, adding the party thinks immigration swallows too much of Sweden’s resources.