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Swedish Prime Minister Resigns After Election Loss

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Image: Sweden Democrats celebrate during Sweden's election night
Sweden Democrats celebrate during Sweden's election night in Stockholm, Sweden, Sunday Sept. 14, 2014. An exit poll showed the Social Democratic-led bloc getting 44.8 percent of the votes, compared to 39.7 percent for the center-right alliance that has been in power for the past eight years. Anders Wiklund / News Agency TT via AP

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Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt says he will resign after his center-right coalition lost a parliamentary election to a left-leaning opposition led by the Social Democrats.

Reinfeldt told supporters in Stockholm late Sunday that he will also step down as leader of the conservative Moderate Party next year.

With more than 90 percent of precincts counted, official preliminary results give the bloc headed by Social Democratic leader Stefan Lofven 43.7 percent of the votes, compared to 39.4 percent for Reinfeldt's coalition, which has been in power for the past eight years.

- The Associated Press

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