Sweden’s four-party coalition now a minority after the anti-immigration Swedish Democrats win seats in parliament – for the first time

Sept. 20 (Bloomberg) — Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt won a second term in office, though his four-party coalition will rule as a minority after the anti-immigration Swedish Democrats won seats in parliament for the first time.

The government won 49.3 percent of the vote, with more than 99 percent of ballots from Swedish districts counted, the election authority said. The opposition won 43.6 percent.

Reinfeldt’s coalition probably lost six seats since the 2006 election, giving it 172 lawmakers in the 349-seat parliament, a Sveriges TV estimate showed. The opposition probably lost 14 seats and will have 157 lawmakers. The Swedish Democrats won 20 seats, STV estimates. Turnout was 82.1 percent.

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