STOCKHOLM — Conservative Prime Minister Carl Bildt resigned Monday, a day after voters brought back the Social Democrats to guide the country out of its economic crisis.
After a campaign dominated by economic issues, the Social Democrats captured 45.6% of the vote Sunday, according to late returns.
That's enough to return Ingvar Carlsson to the prime minister's post three years after he was ousted by a conservative coalition. His Social Democratic Party won 162 seats, 13 short of a majority in the 349-seat Parliament. Bildt's conservative coalition won 147 seats. Carlsson has been asked to try to form a government.