Election in Sweden: Social Democrats remain the strongest force

According to initial forecasts, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson's Social Democrats will remain the strongest political force in 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.

The polling stations were open until 8 p.m. Like the newspaper's electoral board quickdraws announced in the afternoon that there were long queues.

It is a historic election for Sweden: for years, the parties from left to right had rejected any contact with the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats, whose founding figures came largely from the old and neo-Nazi scene. Since then, under party leader Jimmie Åkesson, who took office in 2005, the SD has been trying to present itself as more serious.

For the Social Democrat Magdalena Andersson, the election was about remaining in power after less than a year as Prime Minister. The head of the conservative moderates, Ulf Kristersson, hoped to replace them 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, who, according to polls, are heading for a record result of over 20 percent could. 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. She was finance minister for seven years under Löfven and heads an all-Social Democrat minority government that relies on the support of the liberal Center Party, the Left and the Greens in the Reichstag. Under her aegis, the Scandinavian EU country, like neighboring Finland, applied for NATO membership in mid-May in the wake of the Ukraine war.

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. So far they have held 174 of the 349 seats in the Reichstag in Stockholm - 175 are necessary for a majority.

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