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Local Elections also lead to change

Published måndag 18 september 2006 kl 11.24
The xenophobic Sweden Democrats made gains in local elections

The Alliance for Sweden parties also made gains in local elections. They have regained control of Stockholm city hall as well as the municipal council in Gothenburg. The Social Democrats held their majority in Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city.

The liberal conservative Moderate Party won majorities in three Stockholm suburbs and scored gains around the country,

The Alliance parties also won control of the Stockholm county council and the regional council in Skåne in the south.

None of the small parties outside of parliament appear to have gotten the 4 percent needed for representation. But the xenophobic Sweden Democrat party has increased its vote in southern Sweden and seems to have gotten representation in the regional council in Skåne and the county council in neighboring Blekinge.

The party has also done well in municipal elections in southern Sweden. In Landskrona the controversial extreme right party won more than 22 percent of the vote for the local council, making the Sweden Democrats, along with the Liberals, the second largest party there after the Social Democrats.

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