Swedish Alliance government gains another seat, but still lack of majority: final results

15:32, September 24, 2010      

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Swedish Alliance government won 49.3 percent of votes and 173 seats, just short of two seats to gain a majority in the parliament, according to the final results of the general election published on the website of the Swedish Election Authority on Thursday.

After a recount of the total votes, the Election Authority confirmed that the opposition Red-Green block won 43.6 percent of votes and 156 seats in the parliament.

The Alliance government won one more seat in Dalarna region, but still short of two seats to get a majority in the parliament, compared with the preliminary results on Sunday.

The Swedish Democratic Party for the first time won 5.7 percent of the votes and 20 seats in the parliament.

The Social Democratic Party led by Mona Sahlin won 30.7 percent of the votes, remaining the largest party in Sweden while the Moderate Party led by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt won 30 percent of the votes. The Green Party won 7.3 percent, 0.1 percentage point up from the Sunday's preliminary result, to become the third largest party in Sweden.

The Liberal Party won 7.1 percent, Center Party 6.6 percent, Christian Democratic Party 5.6 percent and the Left Party also 5.6 percent.

The turnout of voters is much higher this year standing at 84.5 percent, 2.5 percentage points higher than the previous general election in 2006.

The center-right Alliance is composed of the Moderate, the Liberal, the Centre and the Christian Democratic Parties while the opposition Red-Green block is composed of the Social Democratic Party, the Green and the Left Parties.

During this election, the Moderate party increased most in its support by 4 percent to the second largest party in Sweden and just one percentage point less than the Social Democratic Party.

The Social Democratic Party suffered the most severe setback by reducing the support by 4 percent compared with four years ago, reaching the lowest point in its history since the 1930s.

Prime Minister Reinfeldt openly expressed that his government would like to cooperate with the Green Party for forming a majority government, but so far, the Green has turned down. More negotiations are expected till the Parliament opens again on October 5th.

The dilemma Reinfeldt faces is that neither block will cooperate with the Swedish Democratic Party which is against immigrants, but if the Green or Social Democratic parties do not cooperate with the government which is very likely, then the Alliance government will face a minority government.

Source: Xinhua


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