The top of City hall in Stockholm.
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City hall in Stockholm. Credit: Fredrik Sandberg/TT
Election stalls in Gothenburg.
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The Democrats gained 17 percent of the votes in the local election in Gothenburg Credit: Ulla Engberg/Sveriges Radio.

Unclear outcome in Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg

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The outcome of the election result in Sweden's three biggest cities is as unclear as in the general election.

In Stockholm, the ruling centre-left coalition that was made up of the Social Democrats, the Left Party, the Green Party and the Feminist Inititiative are still the biggest political block, but they lost their overall majority in City Hall.

The Social Democrat mayor Karin Wanngård this morning told the daily Dagens Nyheter that the Green Party did not turn up for a meeting about how to continue running the city in coalition and she suspected the Greens are already in negotiations with the centre-right parties in the Alliance.

The Greens deny they are talking to the Alliance. If the party would make the step over the political divide, the Alliance and the Greens would have enough to form a majority in the City council, barring the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats from a situation where they would hold the balance of power.

In Gothenburg, the main opposition party, the conservative Moderates, was in for a tough night, losing more than a third of their votes. Instead it was the newly formed party, the Democrats, which managed to gain over 17 per cent of the votes and becoming the second biggest party after the Social Democrats.

In Skåne county, in the south, the Sweden Democrats have become the biggest party in 20 of the 33 municipalities in Skåne.

In the biggest city in the south, Malmö, the Social Democrats could lose power for the first time in 24 years, if the centre-right Alliance parties decide to rely on the Sweden Democrats - but the leaders of the Center and Liberal parties say to TT they would leave the Alliance if the Moderates take that path.

 

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