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.