The Washington Post

Opposition moves ahead in tight election

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Sweden’s right bloc inched into the narrowest of leads with around 90 percent of votes counted after Sunday’s general election, with results pointing to a new government after eight years of rule by the Social Democrats.

Early Monday, figures showed the Moderates, Sweden Democrats, Christian Democrats and Liberals winning 176 seats in the 349-seat parliament against 173 for the center-left.

In further evidence of a shift to the right, the anti-immigratio­n Sweden Democrats are set to overtake the Moderates as Sweden’s second-biggest party and the biggest in the opposition — a historic shift in a country that has long prided itself on tolerance and openness.

Neverthele­ss, Moderate leader Ulf Kristersso­n is likely to be the right’s candidate for prime minister.

With overseas and some postal votes yet to be counted and the margin between the two blocs wafer-thin, results could still change. Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, a Social Democrat, did not concede defeat on election night, saying results were too close to call.

The election authority said a preliminar­y result would be available Wednesday at the earliest.

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