Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson on Wednesday (September 14) acknowledged the defeat of the left and the victory of the bloc formed by the right and far right in the legislative elections, after an almost complete count of the votes in a very tight ballot.
According to the near-final results that cover more than 99% of the polling stations, the right-wing and far-right bloc, led by conservative Ulf Kristersson, will get 176 seats, compared to 173 in the left bloc, led by M.myself Anderson.
“Thank you for your trust, we will now restore order in Sweden! “the one who will succeed M. immediately reacted on Facebookmyself Anderson. “Now I start the work to form a new effective government”He added.
The Social Democratic leader announced her resignation, which will be officially presented on Thursday. The bloc made up of three right-wing parties and the far-right party of the Swedish Democrats (SD). “A small majority, nevertheless a majority”he said during a press conference. “So I’ll ask tomorrow [jeudi] be relieved of my duties as President of the Council and the responsibility for the rest will be entrusted to the President of the Parliament “she added.
Sunday’s elections were so tight that it was necessary to wait for a few tens of thousands of missing votes to be counted on Wednesday to validate the full results. Only those in some offices were still missing on Wednesday evening.
The transition is historic: never before has a Swedish government entrusted itself in Parliament to the Democrats of Sweden (SD), the great winner of the elections with 20.6% of the votes and a new rank of second party in the country. “Now work is starting again to make Sweden good again”reacted its leader, Jimmie Åkesson, on Facebook, promising to be a “constructive strength and initiative”.
Heir to a neo-Nazi group when it was created in 1988, the far-right party has gradually become commonplace in the Swedish political landscape, entering Parliament in 2010 with 5.7% of the seats, then climbing with each election, including strong immigration and problems of criminal gangs in the country.
Although the SD is the first majority-rights party, its leader is unable to have the support of the other three parties to become prime minister, a post promised to Ulf Kristersson.
One of the most complicated points concerns the SD’s ambition to be part of the government. The three traditional right-wing parties (moderate, Christian Democrat and liberal) are against it. The most likely scenario, according to political scientists, is that the SD, despite being the largest party of the four, supports the government only in parliament, without being directly part of it.
But this narrow majority, ranging from the center right to the far right, seems very fragile, the liberals, in particular, and the SD have very divergent policies on a number of issues. Former gymnast Ulf Kristersson will have to succeed in stunts to finalize and maintain the union of the three rights: liberal, conservative and nationalist.
No elections before September 27th
The campaign was dominated by themes favorable to the right-wing opposition: crime and deadly settling of scores between immigrant gangs, integration and skyrocketing energy bills.
The victory of a right and extreme right alliance in Sweden comes less than two weeks before the elections in Italy where a coalition that brings together Brothers of Italy, by Giorgia Meloni, – postfascist – and Forza Italia, by Silvio Berlusconi – liberal of right -, the favorite is assigned. “Even in beautiful and democratic Sweden, the left is defeated and sent home! Sunday 25 [septembre] it’s up to us, we will win! “said Matteo Salvini, head of the Italian League (anti-immigration) member of the coalition.
In the Swedish parliament, the SD will have 73 seats, 11 more than in the last elections of 2018. The moderates get 68 seats (-2), while the Christian Democrats have 19 (-3) and the liberals 16 (-4). On the left, the Social Democrats total 107 seats (+ 7) thanks to their good score of 30.4%, ahead of Left and Center (24 each) and Greens (18) – but the bloc fails with an absolute majority.
After the resignation of Mr.myself Andersson, the president of the Riksdag, the Swedish parliament, will be able to formally entrust Ulf Kristersson with the mission of forming the majority, with negotiations between the parties. The election of the new head of government cannot take place before 27 September, the date of the first plenary session of the Parliament.