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su-de-led: Legislative elections in Sweden, the extreme right in ambush

ELECTIONS LÉGISLATIVES EN SUÈDE, L'EXTRÊME DROITE EN EMBUSCADE © Reuters/TT News Agency Elections in Sweden, the extreme right in ambush

by Niklas Pollard, Simon Johnson and Johan Ahlander

Stockholm (Reuters) - The Swedes were called to the polls on Sunday for legislative elections which could devote the return of the right to power with, unprecedented, the support of the nationalist party and anti anti anti -Immigration of the Democrats of Sweden whose audience grows.

The campaign was in fact dominated by themes promising for the right and the extreme right: the increase in crime, with a "gang war" which left more than 40 dead since the beginning of the year, the Inflationist outbreak and the energy crisis linked to the conflict in Ukraine.

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"I fear the advent of an extremist and repressive government," said Malin Ericsson, 53, before a polling station in the Stockholm center.

The polling stations will close at 1800 GMT. Partial results are expected around 9:00 p.m. GMT.

The polls predict a tight duel between the outgoing left coalition, under the leadership of the social democratic Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, and the right-wing block where the Democrats of Sweden, hitherto marginalized on the political scene, dethrone the party Conservative of the moderates of Ulf KrisSson in the voting intentions.

"My message is clear: during the pandemic (from COVID-19), we supported Swedish companies and households. I will continue to act in this sense if you renew your confidence," said Magdalena Andersson, in office since November 2021.

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The right, in opposition for eight years, promises to put Sweden back on the right track ".

"We will give priority to respect for the law and order, to work and the development of nuclear energy" in line with the fight against global warming, assured ULF KrisSSON in a video.

He must however deal with the ambition of the far-right leader Jimmie Akesson who intends to form a government coalition with the moderates, the Christians and democrats, and the liberals.

Facing them, the social democrats of Magdalena Andersson will need the support of the Greens, the Left Party and the Center party.

In previous legislative elections, in 2018, long negotiations preceded the formation of a minority government led by the Social Democrats.

Sweden, which is engaged in a process of membership in NATO, will chair the European Union as of January 1.

(French version Sophie Louet)

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