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Reinfeldt calls victory, vows to shun far-right

AFP/The Local · 20 Sep 2010, 01:10

Published: 20 Sep 2010 01:10 GMT+02:00

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"The Moderate Party has won its strongest results since the right to vote was introduced," Reinfeldt exulted as a tally of 5,662 of Sweden's 5,668 electoral districts handed his party 30 percent of the vote.

"We have received broad support tonight," he said, pointing out that the party had doubled its support since winning just 15 percent of the vote in 2002.

His centre-right coalition, which includes the Liberal, Centre and Christian Democrat parties, meanwhile secured 49.3 percent of the vote, or 172 of the 349 seats in parliament.

The coalition got the most votes in a hung parliament, where the far-right Sweden Democrats is expected to hold a key position and could play kingmaker.

"This is not the election result we had hoped for," Reinfeldt said, referring to the Sweden Democrats' entry into parliament for the first time, with 5.7 percent of the vote representing 20 seats.

"I have been clear...We will not cooperate with or be made dependent on the Sweden Democrats," he said, adding that he planned to turn to the Green Party, part of the opposition coalition, to seek broader parliamentary support.

Reinfeldt's first place finish spelled a decisive end to the rival Social Democrats' 80-year domination of Swedish politics and their role as caretakers of the country's famous cradle-to-grave welfare state.

That party saw its support shrink to just 30.9 percent in Sunday's election, according to the near-final results, down from 35.3 percent in 2006, when its score was already one of its weakest on record.

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The left-wing opposition coalition, made up of the Social Democrats and the Green and Left Parties, together garnered 43.7 percent of the vote, or 157 seats in parliament.

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01:34 September 20, 2010 by DAVID T
So who won?
01:37 September 20, 2010 by jackx123
Not working with SD?? You wish. Let's see in a couple of months where you have sought support.
01:40 September 20, 2010 by pantheratigris
Reinfeld vows to shun the far-right but in a hung parliament I'm afraid he can't do without b*** kissing! :P
02:04 September 20, 2010 by theibmsstate2000
congrt MODERATE we are happy and we vote you.
02:08 September 20, 2010 by Sam1
So let the Gov have stict laws toward migration and towards extremist, to make a law to remove burqa and long beards, and to protect the right of the poor women beaten by their extremist husband :-)-

Let them make a law preventing illigal migration.

Let them make a law forcing the Immigrants to WORK!!! WORK!! Work!!!

and not sit on their fat bottoms with practising their extremisim in a Democratic country.

Let them make every one equal and give right to all, and remove discrimation towards other culture.

Let them make law to protect every one no matter what origin they come from . to have a right to live.

To have a right to be a beneficial part of society but not shun them.

BUT YES remove extremism and stop the migration of SUCH!!!

Love you Sweden.
02:41 September 20, 2010 by Vidyadhara
Sam1: You seem to have missed the basics of democracy - inalienable human rights.
02:42 September 20, 2010 by Frank Lee
Let's do the math: the coalition won 49.3 percent of the vote, or half of the 98.6 percent that went to parties represented in the new parliament. So why does that give them only 172 seats instead of half the seats (174 or 175)?
02:54 September 20, 2010 by jackx123
Bloody good point Frank.
03:11 September 20, 2010 by DavidtheNorseman
So 94% of Swedes voted other than the SD. Why so much attention to them? Is it just "Let's go see the Bearded Lady at the fair!" ?
05:14 September 20, 2010 by JoeSwede
Congratulations!!!! It should be an exciting year.
06:02 September 20, 2010 by waffen
I agree with Sam, comment 5, one hundred percent.
06:13 September 20, 2010 by Tamales
08:02 September 20, 2010 by djrastah
welcome to america;)
08:07 September 20, 2010 by calebian22
Congrats to SD! Let the immigration discussion/arguments/whatever begin.
08:08 September 20, 2010 by CanadianEh
There are two possible outcomes out of this election.

First the Alliance will do a back door deal with the Swedish Democrats which will cause them to lose many votes in the next election. Swedes are not Danes; they have in the most part more humility then their neighbors to the south.

Secondly there will be a hung parliament and in two years time there will be another election.

SD have some points when it comes to immigration to not be so lenient however to be selective of where your immigrants are coming from, I believe there is a fascist fear mongering xenophobic agenda.

Swedes need to wake up. How in the world do you think an immigrant can go find a job here when there aren't any. If you don't have blonde hair, blues eyes and a perfect Swedish accent you can kiss job opportunities out the door. Immigrants and women are severely discriminated against here when it comes to employment.

Swedes need to stop placing the blame and actually do something to better the entire population.

We live in a multicultural world, borders don't mean anything anymore take advantage of the people who are coming to your country and their skills. If this is truly a free land people should practice their faith no matter what it may be and everyone needs to start learning the true meaning of respect.
08:11 September 20, 2010 by miss79
well i think reinfeldt dont have full power...even he is the statsminister..tats why he is DESPERATELY seeking cooperation with the opposition..come to think again, even allianse won but the block between moderates n social demokraterna, social demokraterna is slight a bit higher..so fredrik is not in full power YET
08:45 September 20, 2010 by jbat
Thank you Mr Prime Minister.. you are really great man with a great vision to see how bad this "Racist Party" is for your own country...
10:07 September 20, 2010 by bocale1
Hej Sam1, I am not a Muslim but I have a long beard... should I be allowed to keep it?
17:00 September 20, 2010 by Swedesmith
That depends bocale1, are you a man or a woman?
18:13 September 20, 2010 by bbryan29
you know im an american and we have so many problems within our own goverment cause they refuse to work together, i myself speaking only from my own opinion,feels its not the right thing to do, shun another party. it only causes more problems, i have fallen madly in love with your country and im concidering moving there, your a country that works together, thats why you havnt had any real problems compared to america, id hate to see SWEDEN go down the same path AMERICA has done, REGARDLESS of your feelings, work together, work it our for Swedens sake,DO NOT END UP LIKE AMERICA!!!! TRUST ME, when you do , freedom slowly is taken away.

brian b

19:17 September 20, 2010 by izbz
Hope he keep his word about shunning the Far Right
01:02 September 21, 2010 by Yendor79
The question is not if we will but will it be in his power to be able to do so.... we'll see in time. For my external point of view this election has been a victory for some parties & everyone's loss in general.
03:07 September 21, 2010 by mieoux
You got that right CanadianEh re: "If you don't have blonde hair, blues eyes and a perfect Swedish accent you can kiss job opportunities out the door. Immigrants and women are severely discriminated against here when it comes to employment."
08:31 September 21, 2010 by ww77ww
@Canadian - not everyone wants to become a glorified American state with a mosque on every corner like your Canada. Multiculturalism is cultural suicide for the host.

@mleoux - if you do not like it, live elsewhere

Reinfeldt is another in a long line of Swedish "leaders" who should be rotting in a prison or worse.
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