Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has tendered her resignation as head of government. Now the Reichstag and Parliament President Andreas Norlén have to decide on the process of forming a new government, she said in Stockholm. Until a new government is formed, Andersson will lead an interim government.
Andersson's Social Democrats were once again clearly the strongest force in the Reichstag elections on Sunday. However, a conservative-right four-party bloc around the challenger Ulf Kristersson from the moderates, including the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats, received more mandates overall than the left-wing camp around Andersson. After a preliminary count of more than 99.9 percent of all votes, Kristersson's side got 176 of the 349 mandates, Andersson's 173.
Norlén announced that the process of forming a government would be initiated. After the weekend he will speak to representatives of the eight parliamentary parties. Since the election result was very close and a final result is not expected until the weekend, he said it was reasonable to wait. It was expected that he would give Kristersson the task of forming a government.
According to information from the newspaper "Aftonbladet", representatives of the four parties of the conservative right-wing bloc have already met for negotiations today. The aim is to agree on a government basis within ten days, the newspaper reported. After the last general election in 2018, the formation of a government under Social Democrat Stefan Löfven - Andersson's predecessor within the party - took a whopping 134 days.