'They've got to learn to work together': Malmö digests Swedish election result

Sweden Democrats to boycott public broadcaster following debate controversy

Sweden Democrats to boycott public broadcaster following debate controversy

Even so, if the exit polls prove correct, the right-wing party's gains could give them "clout", says Clifford. It was formed in 2004 to counter decades of dominance by the Social Democrats.

The growth of the Sweden Democrats in recent elections is certainly one reason for the decline of the dominant political parties and their respective blocs.

Gains for the far-right are being blamed on voter fears of mass immigration.

An SD flag is seen during a political rally for the Sweden Democrats last week.

TT News Agency / Reuters Sweden Democrats party leader Jimmie Akesson gives a speech in Landskrona, Sweden, on August 31, 2018.

Today's governing Social Democratic Party, in power throughout World War Two, openly cooperated with Nazi Germany, supplying Hitler with the iron ore he needed to build Germany's tanks and guns.

Final results are due before midnight (2200 GMT), but the composition of the next government may not be known for weeks. Although they won less support than expected, it is still enough to create deadlock: The existing center-left and center-right coalitions, both of which have ruled out explicit collaboration with the Sweden Democrats, are neck and neck, but neither is nowhere near having the seats necessary for a majority.

The Swedish prime minister has rejected calls to resign and said that "nothing will be determined" on an election night that has seen no clear victor emerge after major gains for an anti-immigration party. As for Sweden Democrats' warning of the "Islamization" of Sweden, the average Swede vastly overestimates the percentage of the population that is Muslim.

For Jan Andersson, 69, the advances made by the Sweden Democrats overshadowed the considerable success of the party he had backed, the Left, which won 39% of the vote in the local constituency.

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Many Swedes have begun to worry about an erosion of "humanitarian values", which has helped the Sweden Democrat party rise in popularity.

"The Alliance will not govern or discuss how to form a government with the Sweden Democrats", he said.

Social Democrat prime minister Stefan Lofven pledged on Sunday evening to remain prime minister of Sweden, with the general elections giving his centre-left bloc 144 seats in the Swedish parliament, the Riksdagen - one more mandate than the centre-right opposition alliance's 143 seats. The party had 113 seats after the 2014 elections. The government's finance minister suggested refugees seek another country in which to claim asylum, while Prime Minister Stefan Löfven announced that the country would crack down on criminals, and the party declared that emergency border security laws from the height of the refugee crisis would be kept in place indefinitely.

But Kristersson and Christian Democrats leader Ebba Busch Thor rejected his invitation, according to Dagens Nyheter.

Clifford said the ruling Social Democrats could receive their worst results since 1908 and all parties had said they will not be collaborating with the ruling party, meaning any new regime would have to deal with a fragmented parliament.

Still, the Swedish election underscored a broader shift to the right in one of Europe's most socially progressive nations.

Lofven said he would not resign and called for cross-party co-operation. Voters on Sunday did not doubt the Nordic welfare model, but many hesitate to let more immigrants without similar cultural traits share the system. "The other parties can't ignore them any more", he said.

In an interview with AFP during the campaign, Akesson stressed he would "lay down his terms" after the election, citing immigration policy, crime-fighting and health care as priorities. Previous year in October, almost seven months after the March election, prime minister Mark Rutte pulled together a shaky coalition of four parties on a centre-right programme.

But, ultimately, the far right's gains have not been sufficient to put it in a position to push as hard as it might on its agenda.

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