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Sweden elections: Results are inconclusive as anti-immigrant party makes big gains

Sweden elections: Results are inconclusive as anti-immigrant party makes big gains

"We have a moral responsibility", AP quoted the prime minister as saying.

That could prove fatal for the Alliance, with the Liberal and Centre parties repeatedly ruling out a deal with "the devil", as Akesson occasionally calls himself. "Sweden is now on steadier grounds than what we could have feared before the election".

Far-right parties have gained strength in elections in recent years in several European countries, including Germany and Italy.

There was a sense of relief among supporters of mainstream parties about the far-right's less dramatic gains. And the role the Sweden Democrats will play is still unclear.

She hoped that the Alliance bloc of centre-right political parties, which on Sunday night reaffirmed their intention to rule together, would eventually split, allowing her party to remain in power with the support of the smaller Centre and Liberal parties. His party emerged with the greatest share of the vote - 28.4 percent as the count neared completion - yet looking at holding fewer parliament seats than four years ago.

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Jimmie Åkesson, Sweden Democrats leader, promised to wield "real influence" in parliament after the modest gains. "I think that the biggest bloc should get it, but they need to have some form of cooperation".

While the results need to be taken with caution - the votes of Swedish expats living overseas are not included yet and will only be released sometime this week, it seems clear already: the right-wing "populists" once again performed well, while finding a government will be tough for everyone involved. Both his left-leaning bloc and the centre-right bloc led by The Moderates have said they will not ally with the Social Democrats.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven of the Social Democratic Party talks to media in Stockholm, on September 9, 2018.

The biggest factor for that is, according to professor of political science at Södertörn University Nicholas Aylott because the Sweden Democrats "are not a very old party, they were only formed at the end of the eighties, and they have roots in overtly racist, Neo-Nazi organisations". As for Sweden Democrats' warning of the "Islamization" of Sweden, the average Swede vastly overestimates the percentage of the population that is Muslim. The Sweden Democrats' strong showing was echoed on the far-left by a pop for the ex-communist Left Party, which captured 7.9 percent of the vote, up 2.2 percentage points from the previous election in 2014.

With a steady rise in popularity of the Sweden Democrats, immigration has become the hot topic of the election.

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"A strategy that was tried to win back voters from the Sweden Democrats meant that the Social Democrats fell even more", said Bjereld.

In Sweden, the increased vote for the nationalist Sweden Democrats has shifted the political landscape for the two traditional political blocs who are trying to form a coalition government. "The other parties can't ignore them any more", he said. The incumbent center-right prime minister, Mark Rutte, was still able to form a government without Wilders.

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.

But it's also interesting to note that immigration may not have turned out to be quite such an important factor to voters than expected.

Mr Akesson had labelled the vote a choice between immigration and welfare in a campaign that was unusually antagonistic. Such a government is already in place in Denmark, where the center-right Venstre is in government with the backing of the further right Danish People's Party.

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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.