the right will have to ally with the far right to govern

the right will have to ally with the far right to govern

the right will have to ally with the far right to govern

Ulf Kristersson (left), leader of the Swedish Conservatives, and Jimmie Akesson, leader of the Swedish Democrats, during a debate organized by the SVT channel in Stockholm on 9 September 2022.

Three days before the legislative elections, organized on Sunday 11 September, the Swedes finally have a result. With 176 mandates of deputies against 173 of the center-left and the Greens, the bloc made up of the conservative liberal right and the extreme right wins. Earlier in the evening, Wednesday, September 14, the outgoing premier, Magdalena Andersson, announced that he wanted to resign from her office, but that she would remain at the helm of the Social Democratic Party.

After defending his record, Mmyself Andersson, in office since November 2021, spoke of the turning point of the far right, which came second in the legislative elections: “Many Swedes are worried (…). I see it and I share it “he said, before calling on conservatives, Christian Democrats and liberals to do so “establish a clear line against all attempts to incite threats and violence”.

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In a video message posted on Facebook, conservative leader Ulf Kristersson, a candidate for the post of prime minister, said he wanted to implement “One government for all of Sweden and all citizens”. Repeating the remarks he made on election night, he pledged to do so “bring together, not divide, see what unites, but also respect differences of opinion” And they he said he was convinced “All problems can be solved”.

First obstacle in its path: obtaining a majority in Parliament. But Mr. Kristersson, who has led the Conservative Party since 2017, is in a delicate situation. Because if the right won the elections, his movement came in third place and got only 19.1% of the votes, or 68 seats. To form a government it will have to deal not only with the Christian Democrats and the Liberals, but also with the Democrats of Sweden (SD), the nationalist formation, created in 1988 by former fascists, which becomes the first political force on the right, with 20.6% of the votes (compared to 17.5% in 2018).

Negotiations

On Wednesday evening, SD leader Jimmie Akesson noted that his party’s victory like the bloc “yellow and blue” (yellow for SD and blue for traditional right), “carries a heavy responsibility towards the voters”. “It is time to rebuild security, welfare and cohesion. It’s time to put Sweden first “he commented, making sure his move would be “A constructive and guiding force in this work”.

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