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Swedish general election, 2014 (Joe's World)

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The Swedish general election of 2014 was held on September 14, 2014 to elect the Riksdag of Sweden as well as members to all 21 county councils and 210 municipal assemblies. The main contenders of the election were the governing centre-right coalition the Alliance: consisting of the Moderate Party, the Centre Party, the Liberal People's Party and the Christian Democrats; and the opposition centre-left coalition the Red-Greens, consisting of the Social Democrats, the Left Party and the Green Party.

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The incumbent government was defeated at the polls, as the four-party Alliance for Sweden was replaced by the centre-left coalition with a majority of 178 seats. Social Democratic leader Stefan Löfven was made Prime Minister of Sweden, as he chaired the largest party in the new coalition. It marked a return to power for the mighty Social Democrats, dominant in the 20th century, after eight turbulent years out of power.

The right-wing, nativist Sweden Democrats added nine seats to bring their total to 29, and many Swedish political analysts figured that the Sweden Democrats, led by Jimmie Åkesson, contributed to losses by the center-right government.

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