Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sweden's nationalist party comes second place in elections

Sweden's nationalist party comes second place in elections

The Moderate party is determined to oust Löfven, with some openly entertaining the once-unimaginable idea of bringing the Sweden Democrats in from the political cold if that would help.

Swedes go to the polls in legislative elections Sunday, with the far-right expected to post a record score as voters unhappy about immigration punish one of the few remaining left-wing governments in Europe.

Swedes voted on Sunday in an election dominated by fears over asylum seekers and welfare, with the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats vying to become the biggest party in a country long seen as a bastion of liberal values.

Sunday's election will be Sweden's first since the government in 2015 allowed 163,000 migrants into the country of 10 million.

Mohamed Nuur, a Social Democrat candidate of Somali descent told The Associated Press that he sees Akesson taking Sweden back to the past.

The new government, which could now take weeks to form, will need either cross-bloc alliances between centre-right and centre-left parties, or an accommodation with the Sweden Democrats, long shunned by all the other parties due to their extremist roots, to pass legislation - potentially giving the populists a say in policy.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who brought the Social Democrats to power in 2014, said he meant to remain in the job. The preliminary results made it unlikely any party would secure a majority of 175 seats in the 349-seat Riksdag, Sweden's parliament.

That raised questions whether the parties might find a way for the far-right party to vote with the Moderates at least part of the time and helping to install a center-right leader in the prime minister's office.

New Democracy, founded by an aristocrat and a record producer, won almost 7 percent of the vote in 1991, on the promise of strict immigration policies, cheaper alcohol and free parking, only to crash out of parliament three years later.

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Mainstream politicians have so far rebuffed him.

Neither the governing Social Democrats nor the centre-right bloc of parties are predicted to win a majority.

The Sweden Democrats, led by Jimmie Akesson, links the country's rising crime rate to immigration, but official figures can't prove any correlation.

At the party's rally on Saturday, he strongly criticized Lofven's government for "prioritizing" the cause of immigrants over the needs of citizens. Lofven accused some of his opponents of being prepared to work with the far-right party, which he vowed his party would not to.

"This government we have had now, they have prioritised, during these four years, asylum-seekers", Mr Akesson said, giving an exhaustive list of things he says the government has failed to do for Swedish society because of migrants.

Akesson has said he would demand a curbing of immigration policy in exchange for his support, or key positions on parliamentary committees that draft legislation.

While the results also fell short of leader Jimmie Akesson's predictions of 20 percent of the vote or more, he told a party rally it was nevertheless the victor of the election. "We used to be a very calm nation", she said.

But he would need to overcome decades of acrimony between the two blocs and get support from parties on the center-right, something they have ruled out.

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