Swedish PM resigns after election defeat
Published: Sep 15, 2022 09:11 PM
Sweden's outgoing Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has handed in her resignation to the speaker of parliament, she said on Thursday, paving the way for a change of government.

The speaker is now expected to give the head of Sweden's Moderate Party, Ulf Kristersson, a mandate to form a new government.

Andersson, also leader of the ruling Social Democratic Party, conceded defeat at a press conference following the election on Sunday. She said on Wednesday she would hand in her resignation notice soon ­after it emerged that the opposition blue bloc consisting of the Moderate Party, the Christian Democrats, the Liberal Party and the Sweden Democrats, had won 176 of the 349 seats in parliament.

Meanwhile, Andersson's red bloc, consisting of her ­Social Democratic Party, the Left Party, the Green Party, and the Center Party, won 173 seats.

She will now lead a transitional government until the new one has been installed, and thereafter she will lead the ­Social Democrats in opposition.

Despite the blue bloc ending up with three seats more than the red bloc, some analysts consider the blue bloc as fragile, since the Liberal Party has vowed not to tolerate a government that includes the Sweden Democrats.

There are also fundamental differences between the Sweden Democrats and the other parties in the bloc when it comes to issues such as the unemployment insurance and other economic issues.

Also, Kristersson has repeatedly said that the Sweden Democrats would not be included in his government should his bloc be victorious.