Christian Democrat party leader, Ebba Busch Thor, one of the four parties in the Alliance, said they have a proper mandate to form a government.
"I think it's very clear, with the results that we seemed to get from the Swedish electorate, that the Alliance is clearly much larger than the Social Democrats. It's quite natural that we seek opportunities to form a new government but that we also invite the Social Democrats for talks on very important issues," Ebba Busch Thor tells Radio Sweden.
Social Democrats leader and prime minister Stefan Löfven later gave his response. He told a press conference that they would not help the Alliance form a government and added that his party, taken together with the Greens and the Left party, had a larger share of support from the electorate than the four centre-right parties.
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