Sweden’s Social Democrats reclaim power


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Sweden’s Social Democrats reclaim power


A left-leaning coalition led by Sweden’s opposition Social Democrats defeated the incumbent center-right government in the September 14 general elections. The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats more than doubled their votes, to 12.9%, becoming the Nordic country’s third-largest party and striving for a role as “absolute kingmaker” in the legislature. The coalition garnered 43.7% of the vote, compared with 39.3% for the four-party conservative-liberal Alliance led by incumbent Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. The electoral win for the Sweden Democrats confirms a Europe-wide trend of soaring popularity for populist right-wing parties.

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