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Sweden’s prime minister officially resigns after right-wing bloc win

Sweden’s Social Democratic Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has tendered her resignation after a right-wing bloc including a nationalist anti-immigration party won a slim majority in Sweden’s parliament.

Copenhagen, Denmark — Swedish Social Democrat Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson tendered her resignation on Thursday after a right-wing bloc including a nationalist anti-immigration party won a slim majority in Sweden’s parliament.

Andersson met with Andreas Norlen, the chairman of Sweden’s 349-seat Riksdag, to officially inform him of his departure. Andersson will continue to play the caretaker role until a new government is formed.

Norlen should ask the leader of the center-right moderates, Ulf Kristersson, to try to form a governing coalition. After Sunday’s general election, the right-wing bloc has 176 seats while the centre-left bloc with the Social Democrats has 173.

On Wednesday, with 99.9% of the vote counted, Andersson conceded while populist leader of the Swedish Democrats Jimmie Akesson declared victory for the right-wing four-party bloc.

Sweden’s Democrats won more votes than the Moderates but are not seen as likely to lead the next government. The party was founded in the 1980s by far-right extremists, and although it has moved into the mainstream in recent years, it has not completely shaken that stigma.

Yet because it won more seats than any other right-wing party and is now the country’s second-largest party in parliament, it is expected to have significant influence in any what government.

Andersson, who leads the largest party, resigned less than a year after becoming Sweden’s first female head of government. Her appointment as prime minister had marked a milestone for Sweden, which for decades had been considered one of Europe’s most progressive countries when it came to gender relations, but which had never had a wife before. to the highest political post.

Andersson led Sweden’s historic bid to join NATO after Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

The newly elected Riksdag is due to meet for the first time on September 26.

ABC News

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