Swedish PM summons ‘good forces’ after setback

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says he intends to remain in the job after his center-left party recorded its worst election performance.
Lofven, who brought the Social Democrats to power in 2014, said “the results are still unclear” from the election held Sunday, but acknowledged that forming the next government could take a while.
He sounded somber, but firm as he told supporters that “now it is up the political parties to cooperate responsibly and create a strong government.”
Preliminary results from Sunday’s election had Lofven’s party receiving 28.1 percent of the vote, which was estimated to translate into a loss of 13 seats in Sweden’s 175-seat parliament, the Riksdagen.
Responding to the increase in support that could give the far-right Sweden Democrats 14 more seats, Lofven said “a party with roots in Nazism” would “never ever offer anything responsible, but hatred.”
He said of the weeks ahead: “We have a moral responsibility. We must gather all good forces. We won’t mourn, we will organize ourselves.”