Swedish PM Resigns as Right-Wing Parties Win Vote

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The Facts

  • With 99% of the votes counted in Sweden's national election on Sunday, PM Magdalena Andersson conceded defeat at a press conference on Wednesday and said she would formally resign this Thursday.

  • After informing the speaker of the Riksdag [parliament], Andreas Norlen, Andersson will continue as prime minister in a caretaking capacity until a new government is in place. The speaker will then ask the leader of the center-right Moderates, Ulf Kristersson, to try to create a new government.

The Spin

Left narrative

With Sweden's long history of liberal traditions, these election results come as a shock for many, as far-right Sweden Democrats emerged from neo-Nazi activity. The party's position as the largest party on the right places them in a strong position, which is a scary thought for many Swedes today.

Right narrative

The Social Democrat government has let the welfare state fall apart. Sweden is now a country ravaged by crime. Now is the time for change to make the nordic nation the safe and successful country it once was.

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