The official count for the Swedish general election won’t be issued until tomorrow, but preliminary results — based, if I understand it correctly, on government-sponsored exit polls — show that Sverigedemokraterna (the Sweden Democrats) garnered an amazing 5.8% of the vote, and will send about twenty representatives to Parliament. One of the new MPs will be Kent Ekeroth, who is well-known to Gates of Vienna readers as a leading activist of the Counterjihad.
SD received more votes today than either the Christian Democrats or the Left Party, and are now within shouting distance of the Liberals and the Center Party. This makes them the fifth-largest party in Parliament.
Their staunch opposition to mass immigration and their determination to resist the Islamization of their country have earned Sweden Democrats the ire of the self-anointed transnationalists who run Sweden. The situation is thus similar to that of the PVV in the Netherlands — albeit on a smaller scale — in that SD have been shunned and demonized by all the other parties. Instead of negotiating a role in a broad right-wing coalition — which would be the expected outcome in a sane, normal parliamentary system — they have been declared apostates and made untouchable by the entire Swedish political class.
To illustrate the point: the leader of the Left Party refused to have makeup applied for TV in the same room as the Sverigedemokraterna party leader.
Things are going to be a bit dicey in the days ahead, however, since neither the Left nor the Right has enough votes to form a majority government. According to The National Post:
STOCKHOLM — Sweden’s election on Sunday looks to have produced a hung parliament, with the centre-right government winning but falling short of a majority due to an anti-immigrant party winning its first seats, TV polls showed.
A hung parliament would unsettle investors, and analysts have predicted a sharp fall in the crown currency against the euro and rising bond yields should the far right deprive the government of its outright majority.
One poll, by Swedish state broadcaster SVT, showed Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt’s four-party “Alliance” coalition winning 49.1% of the vote compared with 45.1% for the centre-left opposition bloc.
And the most telling news concerns the lengths to which the “conservative” block is willing to go to avoid soiling its hands with Sverigedemokraterna. According to The Local:
Moderate Party leader and prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said he plans to reach out to the Green Party “to start talks” and he “hopes they are responsive” to his overtures to ensure that the Sweden Democrats don’t have any influence in the Riksdag.
In other words, Sweden’s traditional political parties stand for absolutely nothing. The smaller parties are complete whores, willing to sell themselves to whichever larger block will take them in, and the larger parties have abandoned any pretense of principled behavior.
No wonder Sverigedemokraterna did so well.
There’s more at Tundra Tabloids
Complete Results as of 22.30 CET:
With 5303 of 5668 polling stations accounted for:
|MP||Miljöpartiet de gröna||378171||7.2%||+122642||+2.1||255529||5.1%|
Moderaterna 29.9 %
Centerpartiet 6.6 %
Folkpartiet 7 %
Kristdemokraterna 5.6 %
Socialdemokraterna 30.8 %
Vänsterpartiet 5.6 %
Miljöpartiet 7.2 %
Sverigedemokraterna 5.8 %
Hat tips: Fjordman, KGS, and Reinhard.