Sweden’s right-wing opposition appears to have won in a razor-thin electoral race. The big winner of the elections are the far-right Sweden Democrats, who could become part of government for the first time. Story from DW
Sweden’s right-wing opposition appears to have won a thin majority in the country’s parliament with nearly all votes counted.
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said that she would resign and that preliminary results were clear enough to draw conclusions. She said that it was important that Sweden gets a new government as soon as possible.
Leader of the nationalist Sweden Democrats, Jimmie Akesson, declared victory for the four-party bloc and pledged to “put Sweden first.”
Ulf Kristersson of the conservative Moderates, who is the most likely candidate for the post of Prime Minister, said that the new government will “get Sweden in order.”
“I will now start the work of forming a new government that can get things done, a government for all of Sweden and all citizens,” Kristersson said.
The result is yet to be officially confirmed.
The results were too close to call before postal and overseas votes had been included into the count. So far, the Moderates, Sweden Democrats, Christian Democrats and Liberals hold a two-seat lead over the governing Social Democrats.
99.9% of votes from all 6,578 voting districts had been counted by late on Wednesday. If results were confirmed, the right-wing opposition would win 176 seats in the 349-seat parliament.
The governing Social Democrats and its coalition would win 173 seats in this instance, the tallies showed.
Never before have the Sweden Democrats, a party who relies on anti-immigration and nationalist rhetoric, been part of a government. Continue reading: Sweden election: PM Magdalena Andersson concedes victory to right-wing opposition