- Sweden faces a period of political uncertainty after an election that did not leave either main parliamentary bloc with a majority
- With more than 99% of the vote counted, the centre-left bloc is sitting on 40.6% and the centre-right on 40.2%
- Analysts predict long negotiations, potentially taking weeks, will be needed to create a majority or a plausible minority government
- The populist, anti-immigrant party Sweden Democrats won 17.6% of the vote, up on the 12.9% it scored in 2014, but well below the 25% predicted in some polls.
- The governing Social Democrats, led by prime minister Stefan Löfven, saw their score fall to 28.4%, the lowest for a century but maintained their record of finishing first in every election since 1917
- Löfven said he would not be resigning, and urged cross-bloc cooperation. He also said the Sweden Democrats “can never, and will never, offer anything that will help society. They will only increase division and hate.”
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