The vote in the parliamentary elections in Sweden is over. The exit poll of the SVT public television shows that it is won by a block of left-wing parties, with the Workers’ Party – Social Democrats, which has been ruling for eight years, winning 176 seats in the 349-seat Riksdag.
According to this study, Social Democrats of Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson received 29.3 percent of the vote. votes. Cooperating with this party: the Environmental Protection Party – Greens 5.8 percent, the Left Party 7 percent, and the Center Party 7.7 percent.
It is not clear what the left-wing government coalition will look like. Earlier in the campaign, Andersson signaled that she would most like to see the liberal Center Party in her Social Democratic government. Then it would be a minority cabinet with the support of the Greens and the Left Party.
On the other hand, the opposition right-wing bloc can count on 173 seats. The Liberal-Conservative Moderate Coalition Party won 18.8%, the Christian Democrats 5.2% and the Liberals 4.7%. The anti-immigrant party, the Swedish Democrats, which supports these groups, achieved the best result in history – 20.5%, which will translate into 72 seats.
The Swedish Democrats’ outstanding record marks the defeat of the chairman of the Moderate Coalition Party, Ulf Kristersson, who was the right-wing candidate for prime minister. If poll is confirmed, the new leader of the opposition in the new parliament will be the chairman of the Swedish Democrats Jimmie Akesson. Likewise, the advantage of the left-wing groupings, albeit slightly greater, is predicted by the poll exit poll private TV TV4. According to this study, a bloc of left-wing parties with the ruling party Sweden The Workers’ Party – Social Democrats won 179 seats, while the opposition right-wing bloc won 170 seats. According to this poll, the Swedish Democrats get 21.3 percent. This year’s voting enjoyed record interest among voters due to even polls, which for three weeks did not change much, oscillating around a statistical error. On Sunday, the interest in some of the places was so high that the voting was extended. Therefore, the first preliminary results may be delayed, the Electoral Office informed.
The main topics of the campaign
One of the main themes of the campaign was rising crime and especially the record death toll from shootings of competing gangs. This year, 47 people have already died. Right-wing parties are in favor of tightening the law and increasing the numbers and powers of the police. Left-wing groups are more in favor of “soft” actions, increasing the preventive role of social services and public schools.
Power industry and the army
The opposition is in favor of investments in nuclear energy, which the Greens are opposed to. Due to the energy crisis, the Social Democrats have changed their minds and also allow the possibility of returning to the nuclear power plant.
In the campaign, the opposition demanded more support from the Social Democratic government Ukraine armament, as well as enabling the war refugees who came to Sweden from this country to learn the Swedish language free of charge. Asylum seekers from other countries have the right to do so.
The Workers’ Party – Social Democrats proposed to introduce a special tax for the richest on the Swedish army. This is opposed by the Moderate Coalition Party, which believes that the money can be found in cutting unnecessary spending. This party promotes, among others lowering the unemployment benefit so that it is “profitable to work in Sweden”.
In addition to the eight parties currently in parliament, the Muslim Niuans party is running for the first time in the elections. Its leader, a native of Turkey Mikail Yuksel, demands, inter alia, actions against Islamophobia, as well as strengthening the rights of parents to their own children and reducing the importance of social services. However, polls do not bode well for this party’s success.
Elections to regional authorities
At the same time, elections to regional and municipal authorities were held in Sweden. Voting from August 24 takes place early in six thousand points, incl. in libraries and shopping centers. Until September 4, 1.3 million of the 7.7 million entitled to vote had voted in this way.
The possibility of early voting favors high turnout, which was 87 percent four years ago.
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