Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson will resign officially on Thursday. Accordingly, she has accepted defeat in a close-fought election.
Now, she is going to hand over the victory to the four-party right-wing opposition bloc. And, giving them the first go at forming a new government.
Sweden’s PM To Resign From The Office
Sweden’s first woman PM Andersson has decided to resign after losing the mandate. She said the results showed her opponents have already won.
Accordingly, PM Andersson told journalists at a press conference:
“I will therefore… ask the speaker to be relieved of my post.”
However, Andresson’s party has been the biggest single party after Sunday’s vote. And, other parties on the left didn’t have a majority of seats overall.
Sweden’s Far-Right Party
The far-right anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats won the second biggest share of the vote. Accordingly, they will now seek to form a government with the conservative Moderates.
Now, Christian Democrats and Liberals, between them have secured a slender three-seat majority in the Riksdag. It is the Swedish Parliament, with 176 seats to 173.
Who Will Be Sweden’s Next Prime Minister?
The next Prime Minister of Sweden is likely to be Ulf Kristersson. Accordingly, he is the leader of the Moderates. And, his party only finished in third place. Resultantly, this would normally be considered an embarrassment for the traditional biggest conservative party.
Now, Ulf Kristersson will most probably become PM. However, other parties in their new coalition do not want to see Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Åkesson in the top job.
Then, Åkesson said on Wednesday night his party would be “a constructive and driving force in this work”. They are rebuilding safety in Sweden, adding it was “time to put Sweden first”.