A survey by Swedish Radio News suggests that the Social Democrats have lost ground to the Moderates this month.
In September 2010 Swedes go to the polls to elect a new parliament and new local councils. Will the current four party center-right coalition stay in power? Or will the Social Democrats, who have dominated Swedish politics for the past century, and their red-green allies take back control?
Follow the campaign and election results here on Radio Sweden.
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Education Minister Jan Björklund, head of the Liberal Party, promised that an evaluation of the new school system will be off the ground this winter, TT news agency reports.
Two of the Green Party's two leading figures have both decided to quit as MPs. Former leader Maria Wetterstrand, and parliamentary group leader Mikaela Valtersson both say they want to try new things outside of the Riksdag.
Just five months after suffering one of the worst election defeats in a century, the Social Democratic Party has released a new report mapping a way forward for the party.
The report recommends that the party push for higher taxes to improve social welfare, as well as reform of the pension system and restrictions on profits made by private schools with public funding.
“If you have ambitious targets when it comes to schools, infrastructure, healthcare and care for the elderly; then you cannot pretend it comes for free,” Anna Johansson, joint chairperson of the party’s Crisis Commission told Swedish Radio News.
A re-vote will be held in two local authorities in western Sweden, following discrepancies in vote-counting in last autumn’s elections.
“The mistakes may have influenced the outcome of the vote,” Bengt-Åke Nilsson, head of the Election Review Board, told news agency TT.
The re-votes will be held in Örebro city council and Västra Götaland County due to miscounts in very close run seats.
A record number of complaints were received by the review board over vote counting discrepancies in the 2010 national and local elections.
Liberal party leader Jan Björklund says the changes to the invalidity benefit system cost the government its majority in September's general election.
A survey by Swedish Radio news indicates that the Sweden Democrats will hold the balance of power in at least eight municipalities - and that without cross-party cooperation the number would be much higher.