Swedish center-right opposition leader Ulf Kristersson called on Social Democrat Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to step down on Sunday after preliminary election results showed his opposition Alliance coalition in a virtual dead heat with its center-left rivals.
"This government has run its course," Kristersson told a party rally, referring to Lofven's minority cabinet.
"Now it should resign."
Kristersson is the leader of the Moderates and the four-party center-right Alliance's candidate for prime minister.
Sunday's election, as expected, showed gains by the unaligned anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, leaving both the center-right and ruling center-left party blocs well shy of a majority.
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