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Sweden Democrats target women voters

Updated måndag 1 juli 2013 kl 20.50
Published måndag 1 juli 2013 kl 18.25
"Many think like us, live like us"
(3:46 min)
Åkesson during his speech. Photo: Anders Foghagen/Sveriges Radio.

In his main speech at Almedalen in Visby, Monday, the anti-immigration Sweden Democrat Party leader Jimmie Åkesson said he wants to attract more female voters by suggesting that the state pledges nearly six billion kronor to regional and local councils in the country as an incentive for them to convert part-time jobs into full-time jobs in the public sector. 

"It's partly about providing quite a lot of jobs but there's also a higher ambition for welfare, involving more hands, especially in health and elderly care. But it is also of course a part of our effort to reach wider groups of voters. What we have seen is that we do not grow as much among female voters among men, " Åkesson said to journalists before addressing his audience at 7:PM.

Only about one fifth of Sweden Democratic voters are female, so the proposal is in line with the goal of getting more women voters and also broadening itself politically.

The Sweden Democrat leader did not want to say how the money would be financed.

The Sweden Democrat leader also claimed in his speech that his party had established itself as a competitor with the Green Party as Sweden's third largest party, whom he described as the Sweden Democrat's complete opposite. He said the party still had the potential to become bigger.

"Many think like us, live like us, and we must become better at achieving more in the large group of Sweden friends," said Åkesson.

He attacked immigration policy, feminists and politicians who do not want to spend on defense. He called Monday "a day of shame", because the law changed so that undocumented migrants and their children have the opportunity to receive care on the same conditions as asylum seekers and children living in Sweden.

Jimmy Åkesson's speech came on the day when a new law comes into effect allowing undocumented migrants, rejected asylum seekers who are in Sweden illegally, or people who stay here after their visas or work permits expire, to have the same access to public health care as residents and citizens.

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