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Xenophobic party here to stay?

Published onsdag 20 september 2006 kl 12.50
The Sweden Democrats won most support in Sweden's south

Sweden awaits the final results for the small parties in Sunday’s elections with mixed feelings on Wedensday.

The latest released figures on the count for the micro-parties suggests that the right wing xenophobic political party the Sweden Democrats have had even more electoral success than was indicated by the preliminary count on Sunday night.

The initial figure then was just under two percent - but that is now expected to be revised up - to over 3 percent.

Sweden’s electorial system required parties to receive 4% or more to gain a seat in the national parliament - so even if the Sweden democrats won’t be represented in the Riksdag - by gaining over 2.5 percent of the national vote, the party will likely be eligible for millions of krona under Sweden’s system of support to political parties.

The Sweden democrats went to to the polls on a platform that political scientists have described as ”ethno-nationalist and xenophobic”, but also called for better care for the elderly and harder penalties for criminals.

The party gained ground in local elections in Southern Sweden - and pundits say could make a bigger dent in the outrcome of the next general election in 2010.

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