Sweden's right-wing opposition leads election as 98% of districts counted

Moderate party leader Ulf Kristersson delivers a speach at the Moderate party election watch at the Clarion Sign Hotel, in Stockholm, Sweden, September 11, 2022.TT News Agency/Fredrik Sandberg via REUTERS

STOCKHOLM, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Sweden's right-wing opposition on Wednesday held on to a narrow lead over the ruling centre-left bloc as counting neared the end after Sunday's close-fought vote for parliament, election authority data showed.

The Moderates, Sweden Democrats, Christian Democrats and Liberals held a one-seat lead after Sunday's election but the results were too close to call before the final postal and overseas votes had been counted. read more

With 98% of election districts tallied by 1325 GMT on Wednesday, the right looked set to win 175 seats in the 349-seat parliament, which, if confirmed, could give Moderates leader Ulf Kristersson the first chance at forming a new government.

The governing Social Democrats and its loose centre-left bloc were meanwhile on track for 174 seats, the tally showed.

A preliminary count of all votes was expected to be announced on Wednesday or Thursday, the election authority said.

Reporting by Terje Solsvik, editing by Anna Ringstrom

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