Opposition party backs Sweden’s Social Democratic leader as premier Jan 13, 2019 0 230 12345 DPAStockholmSocial Democratic leader Stefan Lofven on Saturday received strong backing from an opposition party in his bid for a new term as Swedish prime minister.The Centre Party’s council of trustees endorsed a draft agreement with three other parties on terms for a new government led by Lofven, Centre Party leader Annie Loof said.“We opted for a government that does not rely on support from the Sweden Democrats,” she said, referring to the right-wing populist party, which has the swing vote.The endorsement was carried by a 56-to-2 vote, Loof told reporters. The dissenters represented student organizations.Loof said her party would remain outside the envisaged government, but cooperate on the budget and other key bills.The draft agreement unveiled Friday comprised the Social Democrats, the Greens, the Centre Party and the Liberals. The Liberal Party’s council of trustees was due to vote on its stance on Sunday. The party is openly divided. RELATED ARTICLES Trump blasts FBI probe to find if he worked on Russia’s behalf Jan 13, 2019 0 490 Monster snowstorm to blanket more than half of US Jan 13, 2019 0 578 Obama protege Julian Castro joins 2020 presidential race Jan 13, 2019 0 6303 US federal govt shutdown becomes longest in history AFP Washington The partial US government shutdown entered a record 22nd day Saturday, as President Donald Trump remains steadfast in his demand for $5.7 billion to build a Mexico border wall and Democrats in Congress .. Venezuela legislature calls for protests to oust Maduro AFP Caracas Venezuela’s sidelined opposition-controlled legislature is calling for a mass protest against President Nicolas Maduro in a bid to oust the socialist leader in favor of “a transitional government.” .. ‘Yellow vest’ protesters rally in central London AFP London Hundreds of demonstrators wearing yellow vests took to the streets of London on Saturday, in the largest protest yet in Britain copying the “yellow vest” protests rocking France. Protesters opposed to the .. UK govt mulls limiting jail sentences London: The British government is considering scrapping jail sentences of six months or less for most crimes in a bid to reduce reoffending and ease pressure on the system, the prisons minister said on Saturday. The move .. Two firefighters killed in Paris bakery explosion Paris: Two firefighters died in a major blast at a bakery in central Paris on Saturday morning, said French police, correcting an earlier death toll of four offered by the French interior minister. French Interior .. Macedonia PM urges Greek lawmakers to ratify name deal AFP Skopje Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Saturday called on Greece to end the two nations’ decades-long dispute by ratifying the deal to rename his country The Republic of North Macedonia. Macedonian ..