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    Swedish electors go to the polls on Sunday (16 September) with all the signs pointing to one of the closest results in years.

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    Swedish electors go to the polls on Sunday (16 September) with all the signs pointing to one of the closest results in years.

    The Social-Democrats, who have held power for forty years, have made a sudden recovery in public opinion polls, after having been written off as out of the race. Latest figures released by the Sifo Public Opinion Research Institute give the Social-Democrats and the Communists, who have supported the Government in parliament since 1970, 48.2% of the vote. The combined opposition parties -- the Centre, Conservative and Liberal parties -- will win, according to the poll, just 0.1% less of the total vote.

    A week ago the opposition -- using the issues of high unemployment, high taxes and rising food prices -- were showing a clear three per cent lead, reflecting a steady trend over the past 15 months.

    The latest figures have come as a surprise to political commentators in Sweden, who up till now have been speculating as to what changes in policies the new government would introduce. But now Social-Democratic leader Mr. Olaf Palme is fighting back, and the issue could be decided by the small group of "undecided" amongst Sweden's five and a half million voters.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE28OX4K6FP4QUQXRWH65OUUG0
    Media URN:
    VLVAE28OX4K6FP4QUQXRWH65OUUG0
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/09/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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