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Close finish predicted in Swedish election

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Close finish predicted in Swedish election


He says he is inspired by Bill Clinton and Tony Blair. Now Sweden’s opposition leader Fredrik Reinfeldt could be about to join his heroes on the world stage. He hopes to lead the nation’s first centre-right government since 1994, after what has been the closest of election campaigns. “Nothing is written in stone,” he said. “These are the tightest elections in decades. We can’t predict anything before Sunday.” However, the challenger has every right to be confident. Neck and neck with the ruling Social Democrats, many opinion polls give Reinfeldt’s right-of-centre opposition alliance the edge. But Prime Minister Goran Persson is far from ready to admit defeat. “If we choose the path that the opposition wants to reduce unemployment benefits, to get rid of other welfare benefits and make things even more difficult for the most disadvantaged, it will be the end of this country’s welfare state,” he told supporters. That argument, however, is rejected by the opposition. It says it simply wants to fine-tune Sweden’s social model to make it more work friendly.

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