Unprecedented victory for the right and the far right in the elections in Sweden

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Unprecedented victory for the right and the extreme right in the elections in Sweden

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Thanks to the victory of a bloc uniting the right and the extreme right, the leader of the Conservative Party Ulf Kristersson will become Prime Minister of Sweden.

An unprecedented bloc bringing together the right and the extreme right won the general elections in Sweden by a narrow majority against the outgoing left, according to the almost complete results announced on Wednesday.

Following a final day of counting in Sunday's tight ballot, outgoing Prime Minister Social Democrat Magdalena Andersson has acknowledged her camp's defeat and announced her resignation, which takes effect Thursday.


Thanks for the trust – now we will put Sweden in order! immediately reacted on Facebook his successor, the leader of the conservative party Ulf Kristersson.

“I now begin the work to form a new effective government . »

— Ulf Kristersson, leader of the Conservative Party

With 176 seats, including 73 for the far-right Sweden Democrats (SD), the four-party bloc is ahead of very little on the left (173 seats), according to an almost final count covering more than 99% of the polling stations, the result of which was made public by the electoral authority.

Sunday's election was so close that it took until a few tens of thousands of missing votes were counted on Wednesday to validate the full results, which ultimately swung one more seat from left to right.

The shift is historic: never before has a Swedish government relied in Parliament on the Democrats of Sweden, the big winner of the elections with 20.6% of the vote. vote and a new rank of second party in the country.

Now begins the work to make Sweden good again, reacted its leader Jimmie Åkesson on Facebook, promising to be a constructive force and initiative.

Heir to a neo-Nazi group when it was created in 1988, the far-right party has gradually become commonplace in the Swedish political landscape, entering Parliament in 2010 with 5.7%, then climbing with each election, against the backdrop of high immigration and ciminalized gang problems in Sweden.

Although the SD is the first party of the majority of the rights, its leader is unable to have the support of the three other parties to become Prime Minister, a post promised to Ulf Kristersson.

One ​​of the most complicated points concerns the ambition displayed by the SD to be part of the government. All three traditional right-wing parties (Moderates, Christian Democrats and Liberals) oppose it.

The most likely scenario, according to political scientists, is that the SD, although the largest party of the four, only supports the government in parliament, without being directly part of it.

The process will take as long as it takes, said Jimmie Åkesson.

Jimmie Åkesson, leader of the far-right Sweden Democrats, at a rally with his activists a few days before the election that resulted in a victory for a bloc of right-wing parties, including his own.< /p>

But this narrow majority, ranging from the center right to the extreme right, looks very fragile, the liberals in particular and the SD having very divergent political lines on many folders.

We will be just one or two seats away from a government crisis, warned Magdalena Andersson.

Former gymnast Ulf Kristersson will have to perform the acrobatics of finalizing and to maintain the union of the three liberal, conservative and nationalist rights.

It was he who, at the end of 2019, had for the first time envisaged a scenario of collaboration between the right and the SD.

The campaign had been dominated by themes favorable to the right-wing opposition: crime and deadly settling of accounts between gangs of immigrant origin, integration and soaring energy bills.

The victory of a right-extreme right alliance in Sweden comes less than two weeks before elections in Italy where a coalition bringing together Fratelli d'Italia, Giorgia Meloni (post-fascist), and Forza Italia, by Silvio Berlusconi (liberal right), is the favorite.

Even in beautiful and democratic Sweden, the lefts are defeated and sent home! On Sunday 25 [September] it's our turn, we will win! said Matteo Salvini, the leader of the coalition's Italian (anti-immigration) League. in the last elections of 2018. The Moderates won 68 seats (-2), while the Christian Democrats had 19 (-3) and the Liberals, 16 (-4).

In number of votes in the Swedish Parliament (photo), the right-wing bloc gets 49.6% compared to 48, 9% for that of the left.

On the left, the Social Democrats climb to 107 seats (+7) thanks to their good score of 30.4%, ahead of the parties of left and center (24 each) and the greens (18), but the block in total fails under an absolute majority.

In number of votes, the right block gets 49, 6%, compared to 48.9% for the one on the left.

After the resignation of Ms. Andersson, the President of the Riksdag, the Swedish Parliament, will be able to formally entrust Ulf Kristersson the mission to form a majority, with negotiations between parties.

The election of the new head of government cannot take place before the 27th September at the earliest, date of the first plenary session of Parliament.

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