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Red-Green success in Sweden election re-run

Red-Green success in Sweden election re-run

Published: 16 May 2011 00:01 GMT+02:00
Updated: 16 May 2011 00:01 GMT+02:00

The Red-Green opposition claimed 45.8 percent of the vote in the election re-run in Västra Götaland in western Sweden on Sunday, with the Alliance parties polling 42.3 percent and the Sweden Democrats 5.8 percent.

Pre-election day fears were fulfilled with only 43 percent of the electorate bothering to vote.

"This is a huge defeat for Swedish democracy. This is second worst turn out that we have ever had," said political scientist Sören Holmberg of Gothenburg University.

Sweden’s Election Review Board (Valprövningsnämnden) announced in February that the Västra Götaland county election would need to be re-run after irregularities in the September 2010 vote.

Despite careful preparations and extra training offered to electoral officials, the re-run courted controversy after at least four people were told that they could not vote as their names had already been crossed through.

"This is the worst thing that can happen in an polling station. There will be tears and disappointment among voters and and those accepting the votes," election head in Gothenburg, Bill Werngren said.

According to the preliminary result the Red-Greens thus claimed 73 of the county council's 149 seats, with the Alliance parties winning 67. The Sweden Democrats claimed nine seats.

The result is expected to lead to negotiations among the parties to determine who is to govern in Västra Götaland after previous Red-Green coalition partner, the Healthcare party lost its seats on the council.

In the election re-run held in Örebro in central Sweden, the Social Democrats won a landslide win with a preliminary 47.1 percent of the vote, while the Moderates declined to 20.4 percent.

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00:41 May 16, 2011 by omash kavash
nobody should work with the swedish democrats they are a racist party and the ailliance should one more time remember that vastra gotland belongs to social n thanks to eir good job during their rule here
01:17 May 16, 2011 by Infart
The Sweden Democrats are NOT a "racist" party. The only people who call them "racist" are the ones who cannot debate the points that they present. They are, in fact, against Muslim immigration (not a race) and are critical of what African asylum seekers/refugees have done here in Sweden. But I've never read one bad word from them about any other nationality, race or religion of people. Furthermore, their views are backed up by measurable facts and statistics....not to mention the opinion of the common Swede.

Unfortunately, the are unable to present their views on an equal footing with other parties thanks to a media bias against them, vote tampering (http://politisktinkorrekt.info/2011/05/14/valsabotage-omval-2011-sds-material-kastades-av-brevbararen/) and left-wing/non-western immigrant violence against them (http://politisktinkorrekt.info/2011/05/13/sd-attackerade-under-besok-pa-goteborgsskola/).

It's time that Sweden's 4th largest party was treated with equality.
07:09 May 16, 2011 by stenhuggaren
There is a fine line between patriotism/nationalism/xenophobia/racism and SD regularly cross it.

They have done a good a job of persuading some that their views are supported by "measurable facts" but most thankfully see that all they do is distort statistics to confirm their own pre-determined bigoted premise. Simple solutions for complex problems is what they offer, time and again.

They claim to love Sweden, but in fact they hate much of what she stands for and want us to return to an idealized age that never existed, based on a premise that doesn't bare scrutiny.

As for them not being able to present their views on an equal footing - that is nonsense. They are given far more attention than their support deserves. "Sweden's fourth largest party" means little - Sweden's has always been dominated by two strong parties, like for example the UK.

Who is the UK's "fourth largest" party..... Exactly, my point exactly.
09:30 May 16, 2011 by StuartM
A good result for S in Örebro and some small signs of improvement in Västra Götaland but it's extremely alarming to see further advances for SD as well as a slight decline for V. When is the political left going to get properly organised and join with the trade unions and other social movements in forming an alliance against big business and the far right? Neither Reinfeldt nor the SD are going to go away by themselves.
10:05 May 16, 2011 by Birbun
If you add the SD to the Alliance of center-irght, the left is in minority.
10:16 May 16, 2011 by muscle
@Infart:

I understand and it is my belief that no one in Sweden is racist. They just want to control the influx of asylum seekers mainly. Good! I agree with it they should do that. But if Sweden keeps on participating in wars which will create displacement of people, how do you think it will stop the asylum seekers? The EU should not participate with NATO forces or US forces in any attacks on countries, be it IRAQ , AFGHANISTAN, LIBYA or anywhere!

You guys keep blaming the that asylum seekers are invading Sweden, but you are helping them get displaced in the first place. None of these countries that I mentioned, had any differences with SWEDEN. NONE OF THEM. None of them had anything against Sweden. None of them were creating problems for Sweden. Please tell me what was the justification of Sweden sending its forces or weapons to these countries?
11:21 May 16, 2011 by laura ka baal
the asylum seekers are now becoming partner with the Saab company the pride of sweden.
13:15 May 16, 2011 by omash kavash
at infart being against a religion is wat tell me if u know english if u say sweden is all about democracy democrasy is all about freedom of practice any religion and freedom about anything so they are against muslims right then thats racism againts one religion and eu and america are corrupting islamic lands just for theoil and u people dont want immigration to ur country this is fake be real infart ur still a minor in politic who is xenophobic let me tell u something stop ur government to sending ther troops to islamic countries then ull enjoy peace n no immiration if there is peace in slamic countryie father more remember the sweden democrat who said that africans eat banana and rape is in their genes let me tell u one more thin i know u bealive in science even in bible the first man was a black man adam and eve was created from his ribs which makes her white so the children were mixed u should treat others with respect as u go out on a holiday to others countryies in afrika and asia so stop raicism its nothing to be proud of those who begin this thing called raicism are now married to afrikan and asian wemen bealive me
14:18 May 16, 2011 by Syftfel
@stenhuggaren; Keep blabbering. And follow your organ, fish wrap numero Uno, aftonbladet. The rest of us know what we're doing. s for "hate", your hatred for an organized, civil, society pales compared to my hatred for the party of palme. Who do you think hates more? Me the pathetic, misguided, left, or you a righteous patriotic society?
19:12 May 16, 2011 by Infart
@ Omashkavash- 1st of all, feel free to mix in a period or two in that diatribe you wrote. 2nd, "democracy" and "freedom" are extended to those who are able to live under them without going crazy and committing crime everywhere. The fact is, non-western refugee/asylum seekers are overrepresented in crime and are creating all kinds of problems trying to make Swedes adapt to them and their religion. Swedes don't want it. Swedes don't want the crime, the rape and all of the baggage brought here by people from that region. That is why we have a party such as SD. If you want them to go away, then the excessive crime must stop along with the crazy religious behavior. Furthermore, the West will be more than happy to stay out of "Islamic lands" if they would go ahead and stop attacking the West. And refugees are not coming to Sweden because Sweden is taking part in the NATO-led wars. These refugees know that Sweden has the most lax immigration rules and the best benefits. THAT is why they are here. So stop kidding yourself.
19:41 May 16, 2011 by Iraniboy
@ stenhuggaren

Very knowledgeable analysis! Thanks! :)

@Birbun

You can't add SD to the right group. There is far more chance of MP and Social Democrats to join the Allians than SD. My prediction is that unless SD gets 45% among Swedish voters, no party will collaborate with it.
06:05 May 17, 2011 by calebian22
Considering that acceptance of refugees is completely voluntary by EU countries, stopping the influx of incompatible religion into Sweden, could stop tomorrow. SD, 2014!
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