Social Democrats cling on to power in Malmö

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On Monday, the Social Democrat leader Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh won the vote in Malmö city council to become mayor, but only after the Liberals and the Centre party abstained from voting.

September's election presented a completely new political landscape in Malmö. The two centre-right parties who were in local government from before, the Moderates and the Liberals had now been joined by the Centre Party.

On the other side of the political spectrum, the Feminist Initiative had lost both its seats, making the centre-left political bloc, that was in power before the election, exactly the same size as the new centre-right bloc.

Meanwhile, the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, with 11 seats, had entered in a position as tie-breakers between the two.

In the end, Social Democrat Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh beat the Moderate candidate by 29 votes to 24, with one vote invalid and seven abstentions. The Social Democrats have established a loose co-operation with the Green and the Left Party, who will not technically be part of the local government, but will work together with them on the budget and other important proposals.

But there is still a majority in the local parliament that is not part of this arrangement, which means the Social Democrats will need to negotiate with the centre-right parties on issue-by-issue, if they are to get anything through the city council assembly.

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