Stockholm According to initial forecasts, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson's Social Democrats remain the strongest political force in the country Sweden. However, after the parliamentary elections on Sunday evening, it was initially not clear which political camp would be able to rely on a majority in the Reichstag in Stockholm in the future.
In polls, two almost equal political camps fought for power in government. In the Reichstag election on Sunday, the polling stations were open until the evening (8 p.m.). For the social democrat Magdalena Andersson, it is about remaining in power after less than a year as prime minister.
The head of the conservative moderates, Ulf Kristersson, hopes to replace her at the head of government. On the way there, he also showed himself willing to count on the support of the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats.
Complicated government formation threatens after the election
After the election, another complicated government formation is expected. Andersson was only elected Prime Minister of Sweden in November 2021, succeeding her party colleague Stefan Löfven and becoming the first woman ever.
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She was finance minister for seven years under Löfven and heads an all-Social Democrat minority government that passed in the Reichstag with support from the liberal Center Party, the left and the Greens is dependent.
Threatening shift to the right: Sweden elects new parliament
Under her aegis, the Scandinavian EU country, like neighboring Finland, applied for membership in the Ukraine in mid-May in the wake of the Ukraine war Nato placed. The Center Party had migrated to the left-wing camp because the other conservative parties had increasingly converged with the right-wing populists.
Kristersson's moderates now threaten to lose their place as the second strongest party to the Sweden Democrats. The conservative-right alliance could manage to achieve a parliamentary majority together. They currently have 174 of the 349 seats in the Riksdag in Stockholm. 175 are necessary for a majority.
Sweden Democrats increase election results continuously
5.7 percent in 2010, 12.9 percent in 2014, 17.5 percent in 2018: the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats have steadily increased their election results under party leader Jimmie Åkesson. The fact that the rampant gang crime in the country was one of the most intensively discussed topics during the election campaign, alongside the sharp rise in energy prices, is playing into the hands of the right-wing.
The two top candidates also discussed it again and again. In no other country in Europe has such gang crime developed as in Sweden, Kristersson said, while Andersson spoke of a "Swedish epidemic".
Andersson made it clear again on election day that she was ready to work with all parties except the Sweden Democrats. She was very disappointed that other parties had decided differently in this regard, she said. Climate activist Greta Thunberg also warned against populism. “Anti-democratic and populist winds are blowing strong. We must stand up to this," she tweeted.