Sweden deadlocked as far-right party gains ground in election

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"I want an Alliance government, but it will not happen in cooperation with the Sweden Democrats", Bjorklund said Sunday.

The far-right Sweden Democrats solidified their position as the country's third-biggest party with a vote share of 17.6 percent at the latest count.

"This government we have had now. they have prioritized, during these four years, asylum-seekers", Akesson said, giving an exhaustive list of things he says the government has failed to do for Swedish society because of migrants.

And while the exact outcome remains uncertain, he said the one certainty was Sweden's migration policies will now be reassessed. "Or anywhere else", Sipilä wrote.

Sweden's own form of parliamentary democracy - which uses proportional representation to distribute seats in the country's parliament, the Riksdag, according to the proportion of votes they received - ensures some level of political fragmentation.

Dr Ben Wellings, a senior lecturer in politics and worldwide relations at Monash University, told SBS News the result was "part of an emerging picture [in Europe] where support for radical right parties is creeping upwards".

The ruling centre-left Social Democrats were in the lead with 26.2 per cent of the votes, down from 31 per cent in the 2014 election and its lowest score in a century.

After the arrival of 163,000 asylum seekers in 2015 - the most in Europe in relation to the country's population of 10 million, the government suspended many of its liberal asylum policies.

The party with roots in the neo-Nazi movement has called the arrival of nearly 400,000 asylum seekers since 2012 a threat to Swedish culture, and claims they are straining Sweden's generous welfare state.

The Sweden Democrats leader
Sweden Democrats party leader Jimmie Akesson

He could try to build the same government he formed in 2014 - a minority coalition with the Greens, that relies on the informal support in parliament of the ex-communist Left Party.

Mattias, a Stockholm resident at an election night party in the city, said he was "extremely concerned" about the far right's steady climb since it entered parliament in 2006 with 5.7 percent.

Adin, who did not vote despite being eligible to do so, said he had the opposite concern, that the Sweden Democrats would in fact gain influence.

The party, rooted in a neo-Nazi movement has worked to soften its image, has played a role in breaking down longstanding taboos on what Swedes could say openly about immigration and integration without being shunned as racists. He has done a great deal to sanitise the party, kicking out radical members, he now believes the main parties need to look to them and do work with them.

Leaders in Brussels will be disappointed with the party's surge ahead of the European Parliament's elections in May next year, as they bid to discourage euroskepticism following the UK's decision to leave the EU, and as populist parties form alliances to shake up the EU establishment ahead of the vote.

Far-right parties have made spectacular gains throughout Europe in recent years amid growing anxiety over national identity and the effects of globalisation and immigration following armed conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.

"For me, the Sweden that he (Jimmie Akesson) wants to see ... that is not our future", Nuur said.

But it would then be under constant threat from the Sweden Democrats, out to topple it at the first opportunity. "On the contrary, we will do what we can to take down any such government". The really sharp dilemmas are faced by the four parties of the centre-right, the Alliance parties.

"But of course you have to think about the nature of political debate in Sweden, and the parameters of what can be said at any time". For a start, we should say that the result is not yet in.

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