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Thursday, 23 September 2010
What A Mess
The final (?) result of the Swedish election has been announced. The Centre-Right Alliance gets 173 seats in the parliament, which is one more seat compared to the preliminary results on Sunday, but not enough to form a majority. The Red-Green opposition gets 156 seats and the new anti-immigrant party Sweden Democrats 20 seats, which gives them hold of the balance of power.
Appeals have been made for re-elections in some districts because of complications in the counting of votes. Some votes were “lost” and did not get counted, and theoretically that could still make a difference. The appeals will be examined by a special committee and that will take a while.
The whole election system has also been criticized, because counting all the votes together for the whole country instead of by district, the Centre-Right Alliance would have ended up with majority in the parliament. Changing the present system requires a change of law, however.
For now we are stuck with a minority government and the balance of power held by a party that none of the other parties really wishes to cooperate with.
The picture: Bicycles parked at the travel centre.
Photo taken from the top of a hill/rock nearby.
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