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Sweden: Right-wing opposition will win by a small margin. With a twist in trend after Sunday, we will have to wait for the results on Wednesday

Right-wing and far-right opposition are set to narrowly win Sunday’s general election in SwedenWith the high rate of inflation, increase in crime cases and The country’s future accession to NATO as a backdrop, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersen’s Social Democratic Party of Sweden (PSS) received the most votes in the legislative elections with 30.5 percent. of the vote, but the four right-wing parties together added more support than the left-wing coalition, with official results counting 94 percent of the tables.

The second party with the most votes is the far-right Swedish Democrats (DS) with 20.7 percent of the vote.While the Moderate Party (PM) will remain with 19 per cent support. The situation is one of a technical tie between the two blocs, which raises doubts about whether the PSS can rule with a coalition agreement or with specific support in parliament from the Green Party, the Center Party and the Left Party.

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Among the four progressive parties they would add 48.9 percent of the vote, while the other four parties, if they managed to understand each other, would collect 49.7 percent of the vote. Although the option of a right-wing agreement seems far-fetched, even if the amount is sufficient to govern, it is hard to imagine an executive led by moderates when the extreme rights clearly outnumber the votes.

Discretion prevails because differences between one block and another are minimal, about 50,000 votes for an electorate of 7.8 million people. Preliminary results of the election will be clear no later than Wednesday, when votes abroad and early votes by mail have been added.

shocking twist in the trend

Magdalena Anderson confirmed that the final results would not be known on Sunday, although she said the Social Democrats had made a good choice. The Swedish prime minister said, “On election day, all votes have equal weight. The biggest victory is not for any one party or candidate, but for democracy.” For his part, Ulf Christerson, leader of the Moderates and one of Sunday’s losers, warned: “We don’t know how these elections will end. But we went to the polls believing that change is possible and we want to do that.” can lead the change.”

Exit polls and the first districts vote both pointed to a narrow victory for Anderson’s block, but When the count exceeded 50 percent of the constituencies, the trend reversed, The strong rise of the DS and its status as a second force will create a problem in the opposition if its victory is confirmed: who will lead the new government.

advance of extreme right

during the election campaign Conservatives, Christian Democrats and liberals were open to reaching an agreement with the extreme right, but it was not to be part of a hypothetical government., while the leader of the DS, Jimmy Axon, has advocated that his party integrate a coalition executive. “If there is a change of power, we will have a central position in the new government. Our ambition is to be part of the government. Our ambition is to have an executive with a majority, that would be best for Sweden,” Axon said on Sunday. In the election party of the match.

The assembly elections four years ago were already a drama, with only one seat in favor of the government bloc.After a week of waiting for a definite result, a harbinger of difficult negotiations to form a government that lasted 134 days, a record in Swedish history.

In these elections, 349 seats were at stake in the system of proportional representation, where only parties with more than four percent get representation. To be sworn in, the prime minister must not have 175 or more votes against him, but neither must he have an absolute majority behind him. The distance between the two blocks was 176 for the opposition and 173 for the ruling centre-left, with a vote count of 94 per cent.

The campaign was dominated by issues that initially suited a right-wing agenda, such as criminality, integration problems for migrants, and the rising cost of energy.,

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