Sweden’s ruling centre-left takes narrow lead in national vote: Exit poll – POLITICO

STOCKHOLM — Sweden’s incumbent centre-left Social Democrat-led government appeared to have a slim advantage after Sunday’s parliamentary elections, a closely watched exit poll suggested, after a hard-fought election campaign dominated by the issue of rising of gang violence.

The exit poll suggested the centre-left bloc of Social Democrats, Left Party, Center Party and Greens secured 176 seats in the 349-seat parliament. The right-wing four-party group – including the Swedish Democrats – appears to have won 173 seats, according to the exit poll.

Such a result, if confirmed by preliminary results due later on Sunday, would see Social Democrat leader Magdalena Andersson continue as prime minister and Sweden’s far-right Democrats, who had surged in recent polls by opinion, denied a first glimpse of direct influence on the government. politics, despite what appeared to be a strong presence at the polls.

The counting of votes is now underway after the polls close at 8 p.m. local time. The final results could differ from the exit poll and small changes for one of the eight parties in parliament could be decisive for the final result.


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