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Reinfeldt misses out on overall majority

TT/The Local · 23 Sep 2010, 08:28

Published: 23 Sep 2010 08:28 GMT+02:00

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The count of the overseas and advance ballots, as well as a full count of Sweden's 6063 election constituencies continued feverishly all Wednesday and failed to give the result the Alliance would have wanted.

"The race is over for the Alliance," said maths professor Svante Linusson at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm early on Thursday morning.

The count could have changed the balance of power in Sweden's Riksdag and an overall majority in the end came down to a couple of dozen votes in Gothenburg and Dalarna.

The Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) would have needed a further 19 votes in Gothenburg to claim a seat awarded to the Social Democrats in the preliminary election night count. In Värmland the margin was even smaller - just seven votes.

The Centre Party picked up one seat in Dalarna, which means the Alliance is only two seats from an overall majority.

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There remains a theoretical possibility that the Alliance could take two national ‘adjustment seats’ - seats allocated on a national basis. But according to Svante Linusson, there is virtually no chance of this happening.

With such small margins the result could be subject to an appeal to the Election Review Board which is housed in the Riksdag. The board can take up to some time in November in order to make its decision.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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07:48 September 23, 2010 by Rebel
Hahaha -- poor little Reinfeldt must really be throwing a tantrum right now.
08:32 September 23, 2010 by miss79
i guess this is wat u get bcoz ur throwing the sick people, handikap people and ask them to work..wat comes around goes around mr reinfeldt
09:08 September 23, 2010 by Great Scott
Of all the crap I have seen written on here lately, miss79 has hit the truth.
09:23 September 23, 2010 by lurker
Actually, Great Scott, Miss79 is talking unadulterated rubbish. This is why:

-Reinfeldt's government received a greater share of the vote at this election any government coalition for many, many years.

-The Red-Green opposition, which made opposition to the changes to the sick leave system their central issue in the last week before the election, had one of their worst elections ever. The Social Democrats and Left Party, which were most vocal on this issue, did particularly badly.

-Had it not been for the fact that 6 percent of Swedes were racists, this government would have been re-elected with a handsome margin.
09:33 September 23, 2010 by gorgepir
It is interesting that although it seems that overall the alliance received more than 50% of the votes, they did not get 50% of the parliament. They say it is the first time in Swedish history that has happened.

Well, I guess it is what it is. I was hoping for an outright majority so the new government can hit the ground running, but it seems that will not be happening. It seems that nobody is willing to work with SD (because of statements like "murdering all opponents"), so we will have a stalemate and nothing will go forward except budgets.

I wonder if it would be better for the "alliance" to break up and switch places of Center partiet with the green party. That would probably put them over the threshold, and I think the green party belongs with the moderates any way.
09:35 September 23, 2010 by witsltd
While I was thinking what to respond to miss79, I realised its not worth it. You are simply ignorant of the topic in discussion.

While the situation is very tense for Reinfeld, this is also one of his toughest challenges. It will be great to see how he and his party tackles this situation. That will further prove that Swedes had made a right choice 4 years ago, and also this year.
12:04 September 23, 2010 by djrastah
13:24 September 23, 2010 by Audrian
The right wing party is umoveable before it leaves its mark on Swedish land scape. It might not have out right majority, but it will reform the economy in favor of corporations. The pace of reform resembles the one the US made in the 1970s under Regan.

In the USA, bwtweem 1949 - 1979 income gap narrowed. Economist called the period Great Divergent. In 1979 (under President Regan and his right wing revolution) the trend began to reverse giving to the rise to the so called the Great Divergent. Since 1979, income gap has increased significantly. The greatest gap is between the bottom 20% and the top 20%. Povery inceased. About 50 million fell under povery line. Six million children do not have enough food to eat. It became worse and worse for the poor under President Clinton.

The gap between the rich and the middle class has increased but not by as much as between the rich and the poor because of college education.

Sweden has passed United States 1979 land mark. Gap between the boottm income bracket and and rich is already much larger than most European countries. It will be worse in the comming 10 to 15 years. Sweden will see hungry children,d plenty more unemployment and widespread crimes!
22:31 September 23, 2010 by glamelixir

How exactly does the green party belong to the moderaterna anyway?

Is it becaues Reinfeldt has dirty oil business in Africa, or because of the nuclear plants they want to build or because they want to create a better envirorment and have public schools and hospitals available for everybody?

You might have no clue of what is going on outside what you read in the "digested media".

I suggest you start investigation facts yourself instead.

This being said I have to say that I never liked alliances, part of democracy is getting represented by who you vote and the idea of sending votes to coallisions is a bit tricky. I support the motion of putting parties to stand on their own.
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