Right-wing and far-right opposition prepare to narrowly win Sunday’s general elections in Swedenwith a high inflation rate, the increase in criminal cases and the country’s future NATO membership as a backdrop. Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson’s Social Democratic Party of Sweden (PSS) won the most votes in the general elections with 30.5% votes, but the four right-wing parties would accumulate more support than the left-wing coalition, according to the official results corresponding to 94% of the tables counted.
The second party with the most votes is the extreme right Swedish Democrats (DS) with 20.7% of the vote., while the Moderate Party (PM) would retain 19% support. The situation is that of a technical link between the two blocs, which casts doubt on the ability of the PSS to govern with a coalition agreement or with specific support in the Parliament of the Greens, the Center and the Left.
Between the four progressive parties, they would add 48.9% of the votes, while the other four parties, if they managed to understand each other, would accumulate 49.7% of the votes. The option of a right-wing agreement, however, seems remote since even if the sum were enough to govern, it is difficult to imagine an Executive led by moderates while the far right clearly exceeds it in voice.
Caution prevails since the differences from one bloc to another are minimal, around 50,000 votes for an electorate of 7.8 million people. The preliminary election result will be known no later than Wednesday when out-of-country voting and early postal voting are added.
Surprising turn of the trend
Magdalena Andersson confirmed that the final results would not be known on Sunday, although she said the Social Democrats had made a good choice. “On election day, all votes have equal weight. The greatest victories are not for one party or candidate, but for democracy,” the Swedish prime minister said. For his part, the leader of the moderates and one of Sunday’s losers, Ulf Kristersson, warned: “We don’t know how these elections are going to end. But we went into the elections believing that change is possible and that we can lead this change”. .”
Exit polls and early district votes indicated a narrow victory for Andersson’s bloc, but the trend began to reverse when the count passed 50% of constituencies. The strong rise of the DS and its status as a second force would create a problem in the opposition if its victory were confirmed: who would lead a new government.
advance of the far right
During the election campaign Conservatives, Christian Democrats and Liberals were open to a deal with the far right, but not for them to be part of a hypothetical government, while DS leader Jimmie Akesson pleaded for his party to join a coalition executive. “If there is a change of power, we will have a central position in the new government. Our ambition is to be part of the government. Our ambition is a majority executive, that would be best for Sweden,” Akesson said. Sunday at the election night of his game.
The legislative elections four years ago were already a drama, with only one seat in favor of the government blocafter a week of waiting for a final result, heralding tough negotiations to form a government that lasted 134 days, a record in Swedish history.
In these elections, 349 seats were at stake, in a proportional representation system where only parties with more than 4% obtain representation. To be sworn in, the Prime Minister does not need to have 175 or more votes against him, but he also does not need to have an absolute majority behind him. The distance between the two blocs, with 94% of the votes counted, was 176 for the opposition and 173 for the centre-left in power.
The campaign was dominated by themes initially favorable to the right-wing agenda, such as crime, problems integrating migrants and soaring energy prices..