Swedish Election Is Deadlocked

The process of deciding on a new government could take weeks.
Posted at 9:57 AM, Sep 10, 2018

With almost all of the votes counted, Sweden's election is deadlocked. 

The country's ruling center-left coalition got 40.6 percent of the vote, while the opposing center-right Alliance bloc got 40.3 percent of the vote.

Now, the country's leaders are heading into meetings to devise a plan on forming a new government. 

The Sweden Democrats party — which made impressive gains during the election, though it was far from winning a majority — said it won't let a government be formed unless it's got a say in policy. That party wants to put an end to immigration and leave the European Union.

The process of setting up a new government could take weeks and isn't even guaranteed to pass. 

The worst-case scenario? Reuters reports a new election will be called if parliament can't decide on a new prime minister after four tries. 

But there's a tiny sliver of hope of a tie-breaker in the near future, as out-of-town Swedes' votes will be declared Wednesday. 

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.