In Sweden, the far right at the gates of power after ultra-tight elections

In Sweden, the far right at the gates of power after ultra-tight elections
The leader of the Sweden Democrats Jimmie Akesson delivers a speach at the party's election watch in Nacka, near Stockholm late Sunday evening on September 11, 2022. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP)
JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP The leader of the Sweden Democrats Jimmie Akesson delivers a speach at the party’s election watch in Nacka, near Stockholm late Sunday evening on September 11, 2022. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP)

JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP

Jimmie Akesson, leader of the anti-immigration SD party during his speech on Sunday September 11

SWEDEN – Sweden are on their way to victory with a breath of the right allied with the extreme right after the elections ultra-tight on Sunday September 11, but the final result should not be confirmed for at least three days.

According to the partial results covering nearly 92% of the polling stations, the bloc led by the leader of the conservative party of the Moderates Ulf Kristersson would win an absolute majority of 175 to 176 seats, against 173 to 174 seats for the left bloc of the Outgoing Social Democrat Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson.

The big winner of the evening is the nationalist anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) party led by Jimmie Akesson, which with a score of 20.7% signs a new record, and becomes the first right-wing party but also the second left from Sweden. “It smells damn good”he launched in front of his troops in fusion at his campaign HQ.

The result not known until Wednesday

Election night was marked by a rollercoaster ride: while the polls taken from the ballot boxes and the first preliminary results suggested a narrow victory for the left, the rights went ahead as the counting progressed and now seem to be on the way to prevail.

Based on the votes counted around 1 a.m., the right-wing bloc (SD, Moderates, Christian Democrats and Liberals) would win 49.7% of the vote. The left bloc (Social Democrats, Left Party, Greens and Center Party) would bring together 48.8%. That is about 60,000 votes only behind, for an electorate of 7.8 million people.

The electoral authority warned that the final result would not be known until Wednesday, the votes of Swedes abroad and some votes in advance could not be counted before.

“We will not have a final result tonight”declared Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, who did not throw in the towel with a nice score for her party, beyond 30%.

The path of ” small party that everyone laughed at”

“Swedish democracy must take its course, all votes must be counted and we will await the result”said the 55-year-old outgoing leader, who hoped to secure a third term on the left on Sunday evening.

Never until these legislative elections had the traditional Swedish right, supported by the conservative candidate for Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, considered governing with the direct or indirect support of the SD.

Long a pariah, the nationalist and anti-immigration party led by Jimmie Akesson now finds itself in a position of strength. “It says a lot about how far we’ve come, how small a party everyone laughed at, and today we are Sweden’s second largest party”launched the 43-year-old far-right leader in front of his overheated supporters.

“Our ambition is to be in government”he repeated, even if it is more probable that the party is satisfied with a supporting role of the new majority in Parliament.

A new political era for Sweden?

Significant immigration and deadly score settling gangs in Swedish suburbs have fueled the far-right party in recent years. These themes, along with soaring fuel and electricity prices, dominated the campaign.

Entering Parliament for the first time in 2010, with 5.7% of the vote, the SD have continued to progress since then and now exceed 40% in some municipalities, particularly in the south of the country.

A victory for the right supported by the extreme right would be synonymous with a new political era for Sweden, which is due to take over the rotating presidency of the European Union on January 1 and finalize its historic candidacy for NATO.

To be invested, a Swedish Prime Minister must not have 175 votes or more against him, but not necessarily an absolute majority in his favour.

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