Sweden’s centre-left in slim lead, exit poll shows

September 12, 2022 12:00 am | Updated 05:41 am IST - STOCKHOLM

It indicates surge for right-wing parties

Sweden’s centre-left bloc looked set for a narrow victory over right-wing opponents, an exit poll showed after voting ended on Sunday, although the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats made gains and could become the second-largest party in Parliament.

The survey by public broadcaster SVT gave Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson’s centre-left bloc 49.8% of the votes against 49.2% for the Opposition right-wing parties.

Opinion polls have shown the race too close to call throughout much of the campaign and exit polls can often differ from the final result.

A TV4 poll on election day also showed the centre-left commanding a narrow lead.

Ms. Andersson’s Social Democrats have been in power for eight years.

The campaign has seen parties battle to be the toughest on gang crime, after a steady rise in shootings that has unnerved voters, while surging inflation and the energy crisis following the invasion of Ukraine have increasingly taken centre stage.

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