Right-wing Swedish party wins seats in parliament for first time

Sweden Democrats win 20 of the 349 seats

After Sweden’s general election on Sunday, a right-wing, anti-immigration party has captured 20 of the 349 seats seats. It is the first time that the party, the Sweden Democrats, has ever won seats in parliament and means that the governing coalition of Green and centre-left Social Democrats do not have an overall majority. Though the ruling parties say they stand united,
the Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt says that he will not form a coalition with the far right party. The Sweden Democrat’s success is largely attributed to anti-immigrant sentiment in the country.


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