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Sweden's ruling party set for minority rule

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Sweden's ruling party set for minority rule


Sweden’s ruling centre-right coalition has fallen two seats short of a majority in parliament after a final recount of votes from Sunday’s election.

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt’s alliance won 173 seats but lost its majority because the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats secured their first seats in parliament.

However, it has been shunned by both the centre-right coalition and the Social Democrat-led opposition.

The government should have little trouble passing its key budget bills since a rejection would require the entire opposition, from far left to far right, to unite behind a comprehensive alternative.

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