Sweden votes: pendulum swings back to left in hung parliament

Stefan LofvenSweden’s Social Democrats have emerged as the largest party following parliamentary elections in Sweden, but are likely to have to form a minority administration.

Although the Social Democrats, led by Stefan Löfven (pictured right) gained only one seat, the governing centre-right Alliance lost more than 30 seats, mainly to the Sweden Democrats, an anti-immigration party, which more than doubled its number of representatives in parliament.

Following his party’s defeat, the Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, announced that he would stand down as PM and, in 2015, as leader of the Moderate Party, the biggest member of the four-party Alliance.

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