Given that the four centre-right parties have won the majority in the new Swedish riksdag, it wasn’t surprising that Göran Persson would resign as leader of the Social Democratic Party during the coming electoral term.
What did surprise me was that he in his speech (at 23.00) not only made a clear admission of defeat but also immediately announced that he would resign as party leader in March 2007. The question now is how long it will take the Social Democrats to find a new party leader and how messy the procedure will be.
Oh, and as Sören Holmberg just commented: 2006 yielded the best election result for the Conservatives since 1928 and the worst result for the Social Democrats since the 1920s. The Danish Social Democrats would be ecstatic at the prospect of winning 35% of the vote – but then again the Danish left has consistently polled between 10-15% of the vote since the 1960s.