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Sweden's right-wing government said Wednesday it planned to abolish a tax on plastic bags as of November 2024, a move heavily criticised by environmental groups.

"We're convinced that the Swedish people use plastic bags wisely in their daily lives and that there's no reason they should be extra expensive," Romina Pourmokhtari, Sweden's climate minister, told Swedish broadcaster SVT on Wednesday.

The proposal comes one week after the government, in power since October 2022 and backed for the first time by the far-right Sweden Democrats, announced it planned to cut petrol and diesel taxes.

The proposals have raised concerns that the new government's climate policy is backsliding after years of pioneering efforts.

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