September 19th, 2010
08:02 PM ET

Opposition concedes in historic Swedish elections

The leader of Sweden's opposition coalition conceded defeat Sunday night, marking a historic moment as a non-socialist government appeared headed for re-election to a second term for the first time in the country's political history.

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's centre-right four-party coalition - consisting of the Moderates, the Liberals, the Christian Democrats and the Centre party - appeared poised to hold on to power, judging by early and preliminary election results.

With nearly 65 percent of the voting districts reporting - 3,663 of 5,668 - the coalition had 49.1 percent of the vote, officials at the Swedish Election Authority said. The opposition "red-green" coalition - consisting of the Social Democrats, the Left party and the Green Party - had 43.5 percent, they said.

The leader of the red-green coalition, Mona Sahlin, told her supporters Sunday night they were not able to regain the trust of the voters.


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  1. scandor


    September 19, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. vicki wills

    all i have to say is the want freedom get there own in the own country we did it they can

    September 19, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Floria sigmundi

    I love Sweden

    September 20, 2010 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Varg i Veum

    I hope CNN keeps reporting, but do not rely entirely on Swedish mainstream media. They are very biased.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kyssmigjagarsvenske

    In Sweden is the most wonderful places! Many drinkings and dancings and spinnings!

    September 20, 2010 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. kyssmigejjagärjudesvin

    You missed the big thing. Swedish Democtars are in, tham means that the jews has to go.

    September 20, 2010 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. La Piovra

    Is there a responsive remark in all this? ¿ Jews have to go? Talk sense, Man. Even during World War II, Jews were never deported from Sweden. In fact, Sweden took in Denmark's Jews, whom the Danes ferried over from Elsinore after Operation Weser.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |