Swedish center-right leader Ulf Kristersson claims election win

The Moderate party’s opposition leader Ulf Kristersson claimed victory Wednesday evening in Sweden’s general election after three days of vote counting resulted in a narrow three-seat advantage for his side.

“We have an election result, we have the mandate for change we asked for,” Moderate Party leader Kristersson said as the result was announced. “I will now begin the process of forming a new government for Sweden and all its citizens.”

Outgoing premier Magdalena Andersson conceded defeat. She said she would resign as prime minister on Thursday, but remain leader of the Social Democrats in opposition. 

Ulf Kristersson now faces a fresh challenge to stitch together a functioning government from the disparate group of allies that back him to lead Sweden.