< A left-leaning coalition led by Sweden’s opposition Social Democrats defeated the incumbent centre-right government in Sunday’s general election, while the far right was headed for historic gains.
The election set the stage for a bid by the Social Democrats’ leader Stefan Loefven to form a coalition government with the Greens and the former communist Left Party. >
Sweden heads for minority left government, far right surges
< Sweden’s centre-left Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven emerged as victor in Sunday’s general election after a voter backlash against tax cuts and trimmed welfare by a centre-right government, but he fell short of a parliamentary majority.
The Nordic region’s biggest economy and one of the few star performers in Europe now faces a weak minority government with a possible political impasse as the anti-immigrant far right emerged as the third biggest party to hold the balance of power. >