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Far-Right Sweden Democrats above 4% In New Poll

Published måndag 16 juni 2008 kl 10.44

For the first time ever in an opinion poll, the far-right Sweden Democrats are above the 4 percent threshold to get into the Swedish parliament.

All political parties that get over 4 percent of the national vote in an election are guaranteed a place in the Riksdag, and now, according to the latest poll, the anti-immigrant party could make it in the the next election.

But Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt says he isn’t worried, saying there is a lot of time left until the next national vote. The Social Democrats party secretary, Marita Ulvskog, says that the Sweden Democrats are obviously anti-worker, anti-women, and anti-immigrant, and that it might attract some voters, but the majority that support them feel rejected by society in some way and that it is a protest vote.

Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson says they hope their anti-immigrant, anti-EU policies will get them a good result in next year’s European Elections, which will then be a springboard to the next national elections in 2010.

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