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Sweden democrat leader's summer speech

Jimmy Åkesson: Wants to set the agenda

The Sweden Democrat leader, Jimmy Åkesson, is concerned about the weak showing in the opinion polls of the Christian Democrats and Centre Party which he believes will let in the Social Democrats at the next election.

In his summer speech in his home town of Sölvesborg in Blekinge, Åkesson says a majority Social Democrat  government would lower the influence of his own party in parliament.

"We want to set the agenda for what is wise and not wise. Our truth is to be the prevalent truth. That is our challenge," he said.

During election year, 2014, the Sweden Democrats will spend between 40 and 60 million kronor on strengthening its balance of power in parliament by getting people to vote.

"Today we begin a more than twelve-month long election campaign," Åkesson told his supporters.

The Sweden Democrat leader also criticised the Swedish church, which he thinks is too radical and left-wing.

He also says the Sweden's overseas development assistance is "too generous".

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