Connect with us

Latest

POPULIST SWEDEN: Ruling party gets worst-ever election result as Swedes back Populism

VOTERS have handed Sweden’s ruling party its worst-ever election result and delivered a lift to right-wing populists, the Sweden Democrats.

After a campaign dominated by debates over immigration, the centre-left Social Democratic Party emerged with the greatest share of the vote — 28.4% as the count neared completion — yet looking at holding fewer parliament seats and having its mandate to govern questioned.

Jimmie Akesson, leader of the right-wing party Sweden Democrats.

The Sweden Democrats received more than one in six votes, or 17.6%. Its showing was not as strong as the one-in-five polls had predicted, but good for a third-place finish that had the party’s leader telling supporters, “We won.”

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who brought the Social Democrats to power in 2014, said he intended to remain in the job.

The leader of the Moderates party that came in second, Ulf Kristersson, already had called on Mr Lofven to resign and claimed the right to form Sweden’s next government.

Sounding sombre, Mr Lofven told his supporters the election presented “a situation that all responsible parties must deal with,” adding that “a party with roots in Nazism” would “never ever offer anything responsible, but hatred.”

“We have a moral responsibility. We must gather all good forces. We won’t mourn, we will organise ourselves,” he said.

Final election returns were expected later in the week.

The preliminary results made it unlikely any party would secure a majority of 175 seats in the 349-seat Riksdag, Sweden’s parliament. It could take weeks or months of coalition talks before the next government is formed.

Both the left-leaning bloc led by the Social Democrats and the centre-right bloc in which the Moderates is largest of four parties have said they would refuse to consider the Sweden Democrats as a coalition partner.

Sweden — home to the Nobel prizes and militarily neutral for the better part of two centuries — has been known for its comparatively open doors to migrants and refugees.

Sunday’s general election was the first since the country of 10 million took in a record 163,000 refugees in 2015 as mass migration to Europe rose dramatically.

MR Lofven eventually said Sweden no longer could cope with the influx and immigration laws were tightened

The Sweden Democrats made its first mark in politics with municipal council seats in 2006, and since then slowly helped revise long-accepted social norms for what Swedes could say openly about foreigners and integration without being considered racist.

At the Swedish Democrat’s election eve rally on Saturday, party leader Jimmie Akesson criticised Mr Lofven’s government for “prioritising” the needs of new immigrants the ones of Swedish citizens.

Mr Akesson was jubilant as he addressed supporters a day later, declaring the estimated 14 parliament seats the Social Democrats picked up a victory other parties could not ignore in coalition negotiations.

“This party has increased and made the biggest gains. Everything is about us,” Mr Akesson said. “I am ready to talk with others.”

Turnout in the election was reported at 84.4%, up from 83% in 2014.

PARTS OF THIS ARTICLE COURTESY OF PA 

Leave your vote

0 points
Upvote Downvote

Total votes: 0

Upvotes: 0

Upvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Downvotes: 0

Downvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Written By

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Most Popular

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: In the Shadow of 9/11, a British Man was KILLED by Islamic Extremists… his former Girlfriend Tells Her Story

Exclusive

REVEALED: ‘Somalian Islamist’ Linked to KILLING of Tory MP Sir David Amess

Terror

COMMENT: Vaccine Passport U-Turn Proves Boris is THREAT to Liberty and Freedom

Latest

COMMENT: The Government MUST DEAL with Radical Islam After The Killing of Sir David Amess

Comment

INSIDE 9/11: FBI’s ‘Bin Laden Expert’ Was Found DEAD at World Trade Center

WORLD EXCLUSIVE

ALL OUT: As Queen Praises Tennis Star, Adil Ray Sparks Race Row

CULTURE WARS

ROYAL SERVED: Prince Andrew to face Virginia Roberts in the US after High Court Intervention

Latest

TOO SAVAGE: Woke Mob Would CANCEL Lily Savage in 2021, says Paul O’Grady

Entertainment

NOT WELCOME: U.S. Stops Afghani Refugee Flights Over Measles Outbreak

Latest

GYPSY KING: Tyson Fury Beats DOSSER Deontay Wilder in Epic Knockout

BOXING

UK in Turmoil, Ministers in Hiding and Opposition in Civil War… WHO WILL LEAD BRITAIN?

Boris Johnson

EXCLUSIVE: Amir Khan ‘Removed From American Flight Following ALCOHOL and Mask-Row’ – NOT Racism

CULTURE WARS

ELLO, ALLAHU AKBAR: EastEnders Star Compares BBC Bosses To Taliban

Latest

NTA Winners Ant and Dec ‘Promoting Sex, Drug and Booze Vids to Kids’, investigation finds

Entertainment

HYPOCRITE UNMASKED: Democrat Lawmaker MOCKED Over Met Gala Dress

Latest

ON ANOTHER PLANET: As Brits Struggle, BBC Boss Gets £75k Pay Rise

Latest

BACK TO THE FUTURE? UK’s HGV Crisis Could Be Solved by Trains

BUSINESS

AMERICAN HERO: Trump Backed by NYPD as Biden BOOED at Ground Zero

Politicalite USA

FIGHTING BIG TECH: We’re Suing The Censors – Help Us Fight Back!

Latest

“I’M SORRY” ISIS Bride Shamima Begum Begs Brits for Forgiveness, Wants To Face Trial in UK

Latest

HOT 10

FOLLOW US ON FB

Most Shared

Connect
GET UPDATES IN YOUR INBOX

Hey there!

Forgot password?

Forgot your password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Close
of

Processing files…