On Wednesday, the incumbent Swedish prime minister, social democratic Magdalena Andersson, resigned after losing in fierce elections, giving way to a bloc of anti-immigration, right-wing parties.
Ms Andersson, who was the first female prime minister of a Nordic country and led a historic attempt to join NATO, announced that she would step down with less than 0.1 percent of the vote count.
“Tomorrow [Thursday] That is why I am asking for my resignation from the post of prime minister, and the responsibility for the further process will now be taken over by the speaker of parliament and the Riksdag, “Andersson said.
She added that “the preliminary result is clear enough to draw a conclusion” that her center-left forces have lost power.
“They have a seat or two in parliament,” Andersson said. “It’s a small majority, but it’s the majority.”
The outgoing Prime Minister pointed out that despite the loss of the majority, the Social Democrats retained over 30% of their votes. votes.
Ms Andersson was a popular leader, but citizens are reportedly concerned about rising crime rates in segregated neighborhoods that are home to large numbers of immigrants.
Swedish Democrat leader Jimmie Akesson announced the bloc’s victory, adding that his party would be a “constructive and driving force” in rebuilding security in Sweden. “It’s time to put Sweden first,” he said.
“All we need now is the failed Social Democrat policy, which has continued to lead the country in the wrong direction for eight years,” Akesson said.
The right-wing bloc of four parties – Moderates, Swedish Democrats, Christian Democrats and Liberals – had a one-seat lead after Sunday’s elections, but looked to have won 176 seats in a 349-seat parliament to 173 center-left seats.
Ulf Kristersson, leader of the moderates, is expected to lead the bloc and form a government. “Now we will put Sweden in order,” he wrote on Facebook.
“The moderates and other parties on my side have been given the mandate to change we asked for. I am now starting work on creating a new, effective government, ”said Kristersson.
While there is no formal agreement between parties on how they will run the nation, the center-right parties have stated that they will not approve ministerial positions for the far-right Swedish Democrats.
As a result of a major shift in Swedish politics, the Swedish Democrats who were once rejected by citizens because they were founded in the 1980s by neo-Nazis won almost 20 percent of the vote.