Sweden may be moving into a new political era. Legislative elections held on Sunday, September 11, left the left neck-and-neck with an unprecedented alliance between the right and the far-right, with the final result likely to win only one or two seats, according to the results. .
Although exit polls give the left a slight lead, the right, led by Ulf Kristersson, the leader of the conservative moderates, backed by the far-right Sweden Democrats (SD), is now on course to win. Based on the votes counted at 11:30 pm in three-quarters of the polling booths, it will secure 49.7% of the votes and an absolute majority of 175 seats.
The left-wing camp, led by outgoing prime minister Magdalena Andersson of the Social Democratic Party, won 174 seats with 48.8% of the vote, according to the Electoral Commission.
Swedes voted after a campaign of maximum suspense dominated by themes of crime and inflation. Until these assembly elections, the traditional right to rule with the direct or indirect support of the SD party was not considered, saying it was nationalist and anti-establishment.
A long pariah formation
A long night is shaping up to clarify a result that had become uncertain in the evening, with differences that could be decided by some tens or even thousands of votes. At length, the far-right organization crossed the 20% mark and won an unprecedented second place, becoming the first formation of a new right-wing group. This marks a strong advance for the eight parties in Parliament.
55-year-old Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, relying on a “red-green” package, hopes to give the leftists a third consecutive four-year term in power. According to these partial results, the Social Democrats won their first seat since the 1930s, as expected (30.4%). The Conservatives of the moderates are slightly behind and will only be the third party with 19.0% of the vote.
The campaign was dominated by themes favorable to the right-wing opposition: tackling crime and deadly gangs, fuel and electricity prices, integration problems… but M’s solid popularity.me Anderson, whose conservative rival Ulf Kristerson’s confidence rating is higher, as well as the far-right’s bogeyman, make the left’s case.
Five polling stations gave the “red-green” camp a narrow lead in their last outbursts (49.6% to 51.6%), compared to 47.6% to 49.4% for the total right/extreme right, but all within the margin. of error. The last two weeks of the campaign The far-right party overtook the conservative moderates In the polls (about 19-21%), a new record.
“A Real Chance”
A victory for the far-right-backed far-right would be a fundamental political shift for Sweden, which is set to take over the EU’s rotating presidency on Jan.There is January and finalize its historic candidacy for NATO.
At the election headquarters on the outskirts of Stockholm, SD activists rejoiced at the announcement of the first estimates, waving their flags in the party’s colors, hopeful that the rights would then gain the final advantage.
In Sweden, the post of prime minister usually goes to the first party in the winning coalition. A total of 349 seats are allocated proportionally to parties achieving at least 4%. For investiture, a Prime Minister must have 175 or more votes against him, but not necessarily an absolute majority in his favor.
“Now we have a real chance for the first time, not just a real chance to be an opposition party, but to be part of a new government that takes politics in a completely different direction.”The party’s number 2, Richard Jomshof, reacted to SVT’s microphone.
While the Sweden Democrats trust the ministries, other right-wing parties are reluctant to give them government portfolios, preferring them to remain in parliament. On the left too, the exact shape of an executive emerging from elections is marked by uncertainty, with disagreements between left and center parties. But political scientists say a political crisis like the one after the 2018 election — four months to form a government — is unlikely because the camps are well-defined.
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