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Political Balance Uncertain

Published måndag 14 november 2005 kl 12.08
Nils Lundgren campaigns for the June List in 2004

It’s unclear if Göran Persson’s Social Democrats will still be in power after next September’s elections.

The party relies on support from the Left and Green parties for a majority in parliament. But a new poll puts the Left party at its lowest support in more than ten years. Together the three parties are just under 46 percent, compared to 47.6 percent for the four party center-right opposition.

But there is concern among some members of the opposition Christian Democrat party that the pro-EU stance among the party leadership will lose them votes to the EU-skeptic June List, which is running for the parliament for the first time.

The June List has tried to portray itself outside the traditional left-right scale, but according to a report from Swedish Radio News, its policies seem to align more with the right than the left.

The Christian Democrats are on the edge of the threshold for staying in parliament, and losing votes to the June List might mean that neither wins any seats, allowing the Social Democrats and their allies to stay in power.

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