Sweden Election Boosts Anti-Islam Party

A far-right party entered the Swedish Parliament for the first time in elections Sunday, spoiling the center-right government’s victory and majority, and plunging the country into political disarray, preliminary results showed.

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt was seeking to become the first center-right leader to win re-election after serving a full term in a Scandinavian welfare nation dominated for decades by the left-wing Social Democrats.

But the Islam-bashing Sweden Democrats held the balance of power after winning 5.7 percent of the votes for 20 seats in the 349-seat legislature, according to results, AP reports.


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This post was last updated: Nov. 21, 2013