Nationalist surge in Sweden forces PM to quit as right-wing parties win election

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Sweden’s prime minister has handed in her resignation after her government lost out to right-wing parties in national elections. Magdalena Andersson, who had been in office since 2021, had spearheaded Sweden’s historic bid to join NATO.

But the incumbent Social Democrats and the governing coalition are set to lose by a narrow margin to Sweden’s right-wing parties, with almost all votes counted.

The Social Democrats are predicted to lose by 176 seats to 173.

Ulf Kristersson, who leads the Moderate Party, is expected to form a government.

Mr Kristersson said on Wednesday: “I am ready to do all I can to form a new, stable and vigorous government for the whole of Sweden and all its citizens.”

Ms Andersson had previously acknowledged defeat at a news conference on Monday.

She said: “In parliament, they have a one or two seat advantage.”

She added: “It’s a thin majority, but it is a majority.”

Four parties – the Sweden Democrats, Moderate Party, Liberals and Christian Democrats – have formed a block in opposition to the incumbent government.

The Sweden Democrats are considered to be a far-right party, and have gained around 20 percent of the vote.

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