In the election, the Social Democrats got 28.3 per cent of the vote while the Moderate Party received 19.8 per cent and the Sweden Democrats 17.5 per cent. The centre-left and centre-right blocs control respectively 144 and 143 seats while the Sweden Democrats have 62 lawmakers in the assembly.
Andreas Norlen, a member of the centre-right Moderates who was elected Monday as speaker, is charged with trying to find someone in parliament who may be able to command a majority and to form a government. He alone decides which of the party leaders can begin these talks.
Lofven remained optimistic he could form a governing coalition but stopped short of saying with whom.
Lofven ruled out having any contacts with the Sweden Democrats, saying “time after time, their connections to racist and Nazi organizations have been exposed.”