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Prime Minister resigns after acknowledging defeat

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson on Wednesday acknowledged the defeat of the left and the victory over the bloc formed by the right and the extreme right in the legislative elections, after partial results « clear enough to draw conclusions ».

« It’s a narrow majority, but it’s a majority, » said Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson on Wednesday, September 14, acknowledging her camp’s defeat in the general elections. At the same time, she announced her resignation after judging that the partial results, which give the winning right-wing opposition a short head with support from the far right, were « clear enough to draw conclusions ».

With only a handful of votes left to count, the Social Democrat leader, who last year became the first woman to lead Sweden, said she hopes the country can get a new government to deal with the challenges ahead, including a possible energy crisis this winter.

« They (the opposition parties) have a lead of one or two seats in parliament, » Magdalena Andersson said during a press conference. « It’s a narrow majority, but it’s a majority. »

New government

The Prime Minister indicated that she would ask the Speaker of Parliament on Thursday to relieve her of her duties.

Ulf Kristersson, leader of the Moderates party, one of the four formations of the right-wing bloc which also brings together the Christian Democrats, the Liberals and the far-right Sweden Democrats party, is his camp’s candidate for the post of Prime Minister .

« I will now focus on forming a new government that can deliver results, a government for all Swedes and all citizens, » he told reporters.

The final results of the poll should be announced by the end of the week.

According to the latest partial results communicated by the electoral commission, the right-wing coalition is on the way to obtaining 176 seats and the left-wing coalition 173 seats in Parliament.

With AFP

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