måndag, 28 november

Swedish Election: A turn to the Right

Drama on election night

Yesterday’s election watch offered great drama. The evening started in gloom for the right-wing conservative bloc as both TV4 and SVT polls showed a red-green win, which looked set to continue once the vote counting began. By midnight, however, the right-wing bloc had overtaken and now looks set to form a government. Only on Wednesday, when late early and overseas votes are counted, will the election results be final, but few believe that the result will change. More likely is that the right-wing bloc will get another mandate.

Winners and losers in the election

The big winner of the election is the Sweden Democrats, who increased by almost 3 percentage points to 20.6%, which means that SD is now Sweden’s second largest party with a good margin to the Moderates, who have to resign themselves to being pushed down to third place. The Centre Party is the big loser of the election, with almost one in four voters abandoning the party compared to the 2018 parliamentary elections. Jimmie Åkesson, the winner of the election, expresses ambition to be part of the government formation, which Prime Minister candidate Ulf Kristersson was negative to before the election. The Liberals have also opposed allowing SD into a government with the Moderates, so now a long process of negotiations and compromises between the parties is likely to begin on how to resolve the formation of the government.

Some election fraud

The big winner of the election is the Sweden Democrats, who increased by almost 3 percentage points to 20.6%, which means that SD is now Sweden’s second largest party with a good margin to the Moderates, who have to resign themselves to being pushed down to third place. The Centre Party is the big loser of the election, with almost one in four voters abandoning the party compared to the 2018 parliamentary elections. Jimmie Åkesson, the winner of the election, expresses ambition to be part of the government formation, which Prime Minister candidate Ulf Kristersson was negative to before the election. The Liberals have also opposed allowing SD into a government with the Moderates, so now a long process of negotiations and compromises between the parties is likely to begin on how to resolve the formation of the government.

Some election fraud

During election day, reports of electoral fraud emerged from several parts of the country. The election fraud mainly targets the opposition parties outside the Riksdag: Alternative for Sweden, Malmölistan and the Örebro Party, but the Sweden Democrats and Christian Democrats have also had their ballot papers removed, hidden among other parties’ ballot papers or not presented at all. It remains to be seen how this will affect the election results.

Success for Muslim politics

The Muslim party Nyans recorded major successes in areas ruled by criminal clans such as Rosengård, Rinkeby and Bergsjön. It seems that it was the flight of Muslim voters from the Social Democrats to Nyans that partly decided the election. Nyans, which was aiming for a parliamentary mandate that would have been won by obtaining over 12% of the vote in Malmö, failed by a narrow margin. Party leader Mikail Yüksel was kicked out of the Centre Party ahead of the last election, after his links to the ultra-nationalist Turkish organisation Grey Wolves came to light.

Spreading lies has paid off

Among other things, Nyans wants to ban cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, make Islamophobia a criminal offence in its own right and cut off funding to organisations working against honour-based oppression, as they believe it contributes to Islamophobia. But it is by spreading lies about Swedish social services that Nyans has become a force in the suburbs. They claim, among other things, that the social services take Muslim children to place them in Swedish families, where they will be assimilated by being forced to eat pork and sexually exploited.

Other political parties

It is still too early to say exactly how many votes the various parties outside Parliament will manage to collect. According to the Election Authority’s website, ”Other parties” received 1.5 percent of the votes, with the Nyans party in particular estimated to have received a majority of these. It remains to be seen how many percentage points will be distributed among parties such as Alternative for Sweden, Knapptryckarna and Medborgerlig Samling. However, Feministisk Initiativ and Piratpartiet, are estimated to have lost votes. The Örebro Party seems to have increased its seats in both the municipality and the region of Örebro. Party leader Markus Allard has made a name for himself by criticising other party representatives in Örebro municipality for wasting taxpayers’ money.

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