Swe­den’s rul­ing party hits elec­tion low as far right grows

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Vot­ers handed Swe­den’s rul­ing party its worst-ever elec­tion re­sult Sun­day and de­liv­ered a par­al­lel lift to a far-right party with white su­prem­a­cist roots, leav­ing the ide­o­log­i­cal out­line of the Scan­di­na­vian coun­try’s next gov­ern­ment un­cer­tain.

Af­ter a cam­paign dom­i­nated by de­bates over im­mi­gra­tion, the cen­ter-left So­cial Demo­cratic Party emerged with the great­est share of the vote — 28.4 per­cent as the count neared com­ple­tion — yet look­ing at hold­ing fewer par­lia­ment seats and hav­ing its man­date to gov­ern ques­tioned.

The po­ten­tial for an im­mi­gra­tion back­lash to re­sult in a big boost for the far-right Swe­den Democrats in­spired fear among many Swedes be­fore the elec­tion. It re­ceived a lit­tle more than one in six votes, or 17.6 per­cent. Its show­ing was not as strong as the onein-five polls had pre­dicted, but good for a third-place fin­ish that had the party’s leader telling sup­port­ers, “We won.” – AP

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