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Opposition Wins Swedish Elections

Published måndag 18 september 2006 kl 11.25
Fredrik Reinfeldt, Sweden's new Prime Minister

The opposition center-right Alliance for Sweden has narrowly won the Swedish parliamentary elections.

The four alliance parties received 48.1 percent of the vote, while the Social Democrats and their allies received 46.2 percent. That translates into 171 seats in the new parliament, compared to 178 seats for the new majority.

The new centre-right government under Fredrik Reinfeldt will take over in the first week of October.

It was the Social Democrats’ worst election since 1914, and in his concession speech, Prime Minister Göran Persson announced he would be resigning his post as leader of the Social Democrat party. A conference to pick the new leader will be held in March.

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