Åkesson reelected Sweden Democrats leader
Jimmie Åkesson was reelected as the leader of the Sweden Democrats on Saturday morning at the party's annual meeting in Lund, daily Dagens Nyheter (DN) reports.
During his speech, Åkesson said that his party was "on its way to win".
An opinion poll conducted by Novus and published by Swedish Radio News in the early hours of Saturday showed that the Sweden Democrats have reached their highest support figures ever for this poll, at 19.1 percent. The country's two largest parties, the Social Democrats and the conservative Moderates, obtained 25.8 percent and 23.2 percent respectively.
"The other parties are competing about reducing the refugee influx. It's undeniable that reality has caught up with the established parties," Åkesson said.
He dismissed claims that the Sweden Democrats would take the hit now that the country's largest parties have started to tighten asylum rules and said he saw the Moderates and the Christian Democrats as prospective partners in a hypothetical government.
"Our influence in Sweden's migration policy has never been as big as it is now. Our role is more important than ever," Åkesson said.
Sweden's political parties have frozen out the Sweden Democrats since the party's foundation and have consistently refused to discuss any matters with them.
Both the Moderates and the Christian Democrats immediately issued written statements to distance themselves from the Sweden Democrats proposal.