Sweden’s Socialist-Green Alliance (SGA) government is meeting stiff resistance from opposition parties against plans to reopen a defense-industrial export deal with Saudi Arabia abandoned in 2012.

The political conflict in 2012 emerged from the public disclosure of the so-called Swedish-Saudi clandestine “Defense Project Simoom.” The fallout resulted in the resignation of then-Defense Minister Sten Tolgfors in the Moderate Party-led government headed by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

The recent outcry from opposition benches gained traction when Prime Minister Stefan Löfven confirmed to the national parliament Feb. 12 that his government plans to renegotiate the defense-industrial agreement with Saudi Arabia by May. […]