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Swedish Election Leads To Deadlock For Main Parties And Far-Right Gains

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The Swedish Prime Minister has rejected calls to resign, on an election night that's shaken up the country's political landscape.

There's been no clear winner after the poll - with the two biggest parties almost tied.

PM Stefan Löfven's Social Democrats won 28.4% of the vote, but not enough to secure a majority.

In total, the centre-left bloc ended up with 40.6% of the vote - just slightly ahead of a centre-right bloc, although marking a loss of around 13 seats in parliament.

Löfven has pledged to hold talks to try and resolve the deadlock, before parliament reopens in two weeks.

He acknowledged that a 'cross-bloc coalition' will be needed.

The far-right anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party, however, is claiming to be the real victor after increasing its vote share to around 18%.

It's up more than 5% on the last vote, although that marks a slightly smaller rise than some had anticipated.

Party leader Jimmie Akesson said: "We're strengthening our pivotal position... we increase our seats in parliament.

"We see we're going to get incredible influence over what'll happen in Sweden over the coming weeks, months and years - and that nobody can take away from us."

The two largest blocs have ruled out forming a coalition with the far-right party.

 


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