Sweden election: Political deadlock likely after gains by far-right party


Sweden is headed for a hung parliament after an election that saw the popularity of the nationalist Sweden Democrats surge, as one of Europe’s most liberal nations turns right amid fears over immigration.

Far-right parties have made spectacular gains throughout Europe in recent years amid growing anxiety over national identity and the effects of globalisation and immigration following armed conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.

In Sweden, an influx of 163,000 asylum seekers in 2015 — the most in Europe relative to the country’s population of 10 million — has polarised voters and fractured the political consensus.

With almost all districts having reported, the ruling centre-left Social Democrats and Greens and their Left Party parliamentary allies had 40.6 per cent of the vote, while the opposition centre-right Alliance was at 40.3 per cent.

That gave the centre-left 144 seats in the 349-seat Parliament against 142 for the Alliance, suggesting weeks of uncertainty before a workable government can be formed.

The Sweden Democrats, a party with roots in the white supremacist fringe, won 17.6 per cent and 63 seats, up from 12.9 per cent and 49 seats in the last election four years ago, the biggest gain by any party in Sweden’s parliament, the Riksdag.

While the results fell short of leader Jimmie Akesson’s predictions of 20 per cent of the vote or more, he told a party rally it was nevertheless the winner of the election.

“We will gain huge influence over what happens in Sweden during the coming weeks, months and years,” Mr Akesson told party colleagues.

Mr Akesson hopes his party, which wants Sweden to leave the European Union and freeze immigration, can play a decisive role in negotiations over forming a government.

He challenged Ulf Kristersson, the centre-right Alliance’s candidate for the premiership, to choose between seeking support from the Sweden Democrats and the incumbent Social Democrat Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.


Incumbent Stefan Lofven vowed to stay in his post, after the center-right leader demanded his resignation, and surging Sweden Democrats boasted they will play kingmaker as all sides prepared themselves for a post-election deadlock.

“Nothing will be determined tonight,” Lofven, the Social Democrat leader, said in a speech as election results projected that both the center-right and the center-left coalition would both attain the same number of seats in parliament, and fall well short of a simple majority.

Promising to “calmly continue working” until a government is formed, and calling Sunday’s vote “the funeral of bloc politics”the one-term prime minister appeared to tout a possible grand coalition with the center-right, which would have no precedent in the country’s politics.


no update i can find for today so im not sure of the actual state of play..

but we are seeing the same moves as in other european elections..a swing to conservative groups ( usually referred to as neo nazi or extreme or far right by mainstream media outlets ) and away from parties pushing unbridled immigration..

“Far-right parties have made spectacular gains throughout Europe in recent years amid growing anxiety over national identity and the effects of globalisation and immigration following armed conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.”

i blame russia and its bots.. *sarcasm


~ by seeker401 on September 11, 2018.

5 Responses to “Sweden election: Political deadlock likely after gains by far-right party”

  1. …the stage is set, I’m afraid:

    the situation in Sweden is unsustainable – the muslim ghettos are intransitable even for the swedish police…we are at part 2 of the play (the right/nationalist parties)…but the mechanism – for the big ethnic/religious conflict in Europe between the locals and the immigrants is already set (courtesy ((they)) via Bldrgb&alike as usual)

    check out the last title of Jacques Attali, the french “futurist”, apart from Macron’s political godfather


    they surely want this to happen.

  2. I can’t get over the blue flowers in the backdrop. The flowers fit the stereotype of Sweden I had come to understand about who they are. Flowers-delicate-innocent-passive-nonviolent people-flower power people. Just a stereotype, so not say if exactly true or not.

  3. Stefan Lofven: Sweden’s parliament ousts prime minister


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