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Right now the seat count is 144 left bloc, 143 right bloc and 62 far right. But still to be counted are the so called Wednesday votes, votes done before the election, but not in time to be delivered to the polling station and counted at election night. These votes are counted, but not until Wednesday. So final results will probably be done Thursday.

And then to the thorny issue of forming a government. The smaller bloc may accept a government formed by the other, but it isn't certain. The far right may accept a right bloc government, but it isn't certain. The liberals and centre may accept the support of the far right, but it's a bit unlikely. And finally a cross bloc government could be formed, but that is rather unlikely. Or a new election may be called, which we haven't had for decades so no one knows how the voters would react.

by fjallstrom on Mon Sep 10th, 2018 at 04:51:22 AM EST
So, all the possible outcomes are unlikely, have I got that right?

Ah no, it is probable that the smaller bloc would let the larger bloc govern; though not necessarily pass any legislation, of course.

But the government didn't have a majority before the election, did they? Has anything really changed?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Sep 10th, 2018 at 02:36:11 PM EST
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What has changed is months of party leaders - more notably on the right - saying that "let the bigger bloc rule" is so 2014. (Except the Left party.)

The Alliance party leaders called yesterday for Löfven to resign. Which he won't do unless he has to, as the incumbent has an advantage: a Swedish PM can rule on as long as a majority doesn't vote against him or her. The Soc-Dems and the Greens has opened for a government in the middle, with the Center and Liberals. That would break the blocs, which hasn't happened for real since world war two.

So no particular scenario is likely, which means all are on their own unlikely. But something will happen.

Oh, and if the Wednesday votes flips a seat so the blocs are exactly equal then that ads to the mix.

by fjallstrom on Tue Sep 11th, 2018 at 05:38:51 AM EST
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