Swedish right opposition moves ahead in election cliffhanger

Swedish right opposition moves ahead in election cliffhanger: After the general election on Sunday, Sweden’s right-wing alliance extended its lead to the thinnest of margins. And the results indicated that the eight years of Social Democrat dominance would end.

According to the results, the center-left received 174 members in the 349-seat parliament. While the moderates, Sweden Democrats, Christian Democrats, and Liberals won 175 seats.

The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats poised to surpass the Moderates as Sweden’s second-largest party and the largest in the opposition. Marking a historical change in a nation that has long taken pride in its tolerance and openness. However, this is additional evidence of a tilt to the right.

According to Sweden Democrat party secretary Richard Jomshof, “now, for the first time, we have a genuine opportunity, a real potential to… be, not just an opposition party, but to sit in and be actively involved in a new administration that takes politics in a totally different way.”

The margin between the two blocs is razor-thin, and with abroad and some postal votes yet to tallied. The outcome might still change and may not know until the middle of the week.

In a previous exit poll conducted by public broadcaster SVT. Andersson’s center-left alliance received 49.8% of the vote, compared to the opposing right-wing parties’ 49.2%.

Throughout a large portion of the campaign, surveys showed the race to essentially tie. And exit poll results may vary from the eventual outcome. On election day, a TV4 survey indicated that the center-left had a slim advantage.

After a steady increase in shootings that have unsettled voters. Parties have been fighting in the campaign to perceive as tougher on gang violence. While rising inflation and the energy crisis after the invasion of Ukraine have increasingly taken center stage.

The Sweden Democrats, who want the refugee influx to reduce to almost zero, received 20.5% of the vote, up from 17.5% in the last election, according to the SVT exit poll.

Despite the right’s preference for law and order concerns, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has perceived as benefiting from the looming economic storm as businesses and people deal with high electricity costs. Moreover, Andersson considered a safe pair of hands and is more well-liked than her party.

“I voted for a Sweden where we can build on our current advantages. In a suburb of Stockholm, Andersson stated after casting his vote, “Our capacity to confront society’s issues collectively, establish a feeling of community, and respect each other.

Before becoming Sweden‘s first female prime minister a year ago, Andersson served as finance minister for several years. Ulf Kristersson, the head of the Moderates, was her principal opponent and had positioned himself as the only one who could bring the right together and defeat her.

Years have spent by Kristersson strengthening his relations with the Sweden Democrats. A group that opposes immigration and founded by white racists. The Sweden Democrats, whom all the other parties initially rejected, are now becoming more prevalent among the mainstream right.

Voters are split on the possibility of the Sweden Democrats participating in or entering the cabinet.

Malin Ericsson, a 53-year-old travel consultant, expressed her fears about a right-wing, oppressive administration earlier on Sunday at a polling place in the heart of Stockholm.

The Sweden Democrats’ strong showing matched a trend of victories for the anti-immigration right-wing throughout Europe. Later this month, Italy will elect a conservative coalition of Matteo Salvini’s League and Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy (FDI).

Jorgen Hellstrom, a 47-year-old small company owner, said as he cast his ballot near the legislature, “I have voted for a power shift.” “We need to reduce taxes significantly and address the issue of crime. The eight most recent years have been disastrous.

As opposed to relying only on the Sweden Democrats’ backing in parliament, Kristersson has said he would try to build a government with the minor Christian Democrats and maybe the Liberals. However, he could find it difficult to pass up a party that is expected to be larger than his own.

In a polarized and highly charged political environment, discussions to create a government are likely to draw out and challenging regardless of which group prevails.

If Andersson wants to serve as prime minister for a second term. She will need the backing of the Left, the Center Party, the Green Party, and other ideological rivals.