The Washington Post

Opposition moves ahead in tight election


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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