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Sweden's Social Democrats reclaim power, as far right gains

Swedish opposition leader Stefan Loefven of the Social Democratic party walks next to his wife Ulla Loefven as they make their way from the polling station during the general elections in Stockholm on September 14, 2014A left-leaning coalition led by Sweden’s opposition Social Democrats defeated the incumbent centre-right government in Sunday’s general election, while the far right was headed for historic gains. The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats more than doubled their votes, to 12.9 percent, becoming the Nordic country’s third-largest party and striving for a role as “absolute kingmaker” in the legislature. The election set the stage for a bid by the Social Democrats’ leader Stefan Loefven to form a coalition government with the Greens and the former communist Left Party. “I am ready to start exploring possibilities to form a new government for Sweden,” the 57-year-old former trade unionist told jubilant supporters in Stockholm when his win was confirmed.

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