Sweden's PM resigns after defeat by right-wing parties

Sweden's Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson says she is resigning after conceding election defeat to a right-wing bloc.

The right-wing parties, including the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, are now certain to win a narrow majority over the bloc with Andersson's center-left Social Democrats in Sunday's general election.

Andersson told reporters in Stockholm on Wednesday that it is a thin majority, but it is a majority and therefore she is stepping down as prime minister.

The Social Democrats had been in power since 2014.

The victory of right-wing parties marks a major political shift in Sweden.
Sweden has one of the most welcoming policies in Europe for immigrants and refugees from the Middle East, Africa and other parts of the world.

But the Sweden Democrats gained support by claiming that the growing number of immigrants is threatening the country's welfare system and public safety.

Sweden has applied for NATO membership in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Analysts say the election result may lead to a significant shift in Sweden's immigration policy, but it is unlikely to affect the country's national security policy, including the NATO bid.