SWEDEN: RULING LIBERAL COALITION FIGHTS TO HOLD POWER IN TIGHT FOUGHT ELECTION WITH SOCIAL DEMOCRATS
- Title: SWEDEN: RULING LIBERAL COALITION FIGHTS TO HOLD POWER IN TIGHT FOUGHT ELECTION WITH SOCIAL DEMOCRATS
- Date: 17th September 1994
- Summary: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (SEPTEMBER 17-18, 1994) (SEPTEMBER 17) (REUTERS TELEVISION-ACCESS ALL) 1. GV,CU: LIBERAL PARTY LEADER BENGT WESTERBERG IN HOTEL SPEAKING TO DRINKERS IN BAR (4 SHOTS) 0.21 (SEPTEMBER 18) (REUTERS TELEVISION-ACCESS ALL) 2. GV: SWEDISH PRIME MINISTER CARL BILDT ARRIVES TO VOTE WITH FAMILY 0.35 3. GV: BILDT INSIDE VOTING (3 SHOTS) 0.47 4. GV: BILDT HANDS PAPERS TO ELECTION OFFICER (3 SHOTS) 1.15 5. GV: PEOPLE ARRIVING TO VOTE 1.20 6. GV: SIGN FOR VOTING STATION 1.25 7. GV: PARTY WORKERS GREET ELECTORS (2 SHOTS) 1.33 8. GV: OFFICIALS WITH BLANK BALLOTS 1.45 9. GV: MORE PEOPLE VOTING 2.01 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
- Country: Sweden
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- Story Text: The people of Sweden began voting on Sunday (September 18) in a general election that opinion polls say will end three years of rule by the conservative coalition government.
Polls opened at 0600 GMT (8 a.m.) for 6.5 million eligible voters on a wet and blustery autumn day throughout Sweden. The ballot was scheduled to close at 1800 GMT.
An election-eve opinion poll carried out by the German GFK polling institute on Saturday predicted the opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP) would be the main winner. The Moderate (Conservative) Party of Prime Minister Carl Bildt did not perform well in the poll.
But the GFK poll confirmed other recent surveys showing support for SDP leader Ingvar Carlsson has faded dramatically in the past month and that he will need a coalition partner to govern.
Carlsson has said he will seek to form a coalition with the centrist Liberal Party, currently a member of Bildt's coalition, despite offers from left-wing parties that they would support an SDP cabinet.
The Liberal Party leader Bengt Westerberg said on Saturday night he would leave it to Carlsson to decide whether he wished to seek a coalition with the Liberals.
Opinion polling has suggested that Bildt's ruling coalition has only 40 percent support and appears doomed.
But as Bildt cast his vote on Sunday morning he said he remained confident his coalition would win.
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