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Many MPs Not Running for Re-election

Published måndag 5 juni 2006 kl 11.49
The Swedish Parliament

The newspaper “Dagens Nyheter” reports that a record number of Swedish members of parliament will not be standing for re-election this September, and most are from the government and its allies.

More than half the MPs from the Left Party, which has seen considerable in-fighting, will not be returning. Around half the representatives will not be running again from the Greens, as it is that party’s ideology that no one should serve more than three terms.

At least 42 of the 144 MPs from the ruling Social Democrats won’t be in the next parliament.

Political scientists say this goes against the trend, as usually it is members of the center-right parties who don’t run again. One explanation is that for a long time polls gave the opposition a strong lead, so many Social Democrats may have concluded they wouldn’t be re-elected anyway.

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