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Swedish PM steps down after right-wing party’s victory

Swedish PM steps down after right-wing party’s victory

After her government was ousted in Sunday’s election, Sweden’s prime leader announced her resignation.

With 99% of the ballots counted, Magdalena Andersson’s center-left coalition appears certain to lose by a slim margin against a coalition of right-wing parties, 176 seats to 173.

Ulf Kristersson, the leader of the Moderate Party, is currently anticipated to form a government.

The Sweden Democrats, a far-right group that has advocated against the rise in gang shootings, are a component of this coalition.

It is a major setback for Andersson’s Social Democrats, who increased their vote total from the previous election and are still Sweden’s largest party.

But in Sweden, bloc politics typically determines who holds the reins of government, and the right bloc has won a narrow majority.

After a recount, which is customary in Sweden, the result will still need to be verified.

At a news conference on Wednesday, Ms. Andersson admitted defeat. On Thursday, she formally tendered her resignation. 

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Issues relating to gangs, immigration, and integration, as well as skyrocketing electricity bills, dominated the closely contested election campaign.

When Ms. Andersson assumed office as the Nordic country’s first female prime minister last year, she resigned on the first day and then quickly returned.

A four-party right-wing combination consisting of the Sweden Democrats, Moderate Party, Christian Democrats, and Liberals have succeeded in ousting her.

It is a significant turning point in Swedish politics since the Sweden Democrats, who were long shunned by major parties, have now garnered about 20% of the vote.

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