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Sweden eyes progress of far-right in election

Sweden eyes progress of far-right in election
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The parliament in Stockholm could be welcoming its first ever extreme right-wing MPs if today’s Swedish election follows the predictions of two opinion polls.

One survey even puts the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats led by Jimmie Akesson holding the balance of power.

The research is predicting that the ruling centre-right four-party Alliance will come out on top but its majority, if any, would be extremely slim.

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt is promising a less lavish social welfare system and more cuts in income tax paid for by one of the strongest economic growth forecasts in the European Union.

But a hung parliament could cast an uncertain shadow over Sweden’s current rosy economic outlook.

The centre-left, who are lagging in the polls, want the better-off to pay more tax to fund schools, hospitals and care for the elderly. Should they win, the leader of the main party in the opposition bloc Mona Sahlin would become the country’s first woman premier.

Both mainstream political groups have ruled out working with the extreme right.