Extreme right-wing party gains in Swedish election

Published on Sunday, 9 September 2018 21:00
Written by the Associated Press

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Sweden’s ruling party was headed for its worst showing in decades as voters flocked Sunday to an anti-immigrant party with white supremacist roots that was poised to become the third-biggest force in parliament.

With more than four-fifths of ballots counted, Sweden’s national election commission reported the governing Social Democrats had 28.1 percent of the vote, making it likely to lose a significant number of seats despite emerging with the most support.

The Moderates party was next at 19.2 percent, while the far-right Sweden Democrats that before the election inspired fear of an anti-migrant backlash that would produce a dramatic ideological swing had 17.9 percent.

The Sweden Democrats received 13 percent of vote in the last election held four years ago.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Nation-World on Sunday, 9 September 2018 21:00. Updated: Sunday, 9 September 2018 21:03.