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Sweden could see return to the left in Sunday's elections

Sweden could see return to the left in Sunday's elections
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Swedes are preparing to head to the polls on Sunday to elect a new parliament.

The latest surveys show voters are likely to shift back to the left after eight years of a centre-right government led by Fredrik Reinfeldt.

Many voters say they are worried that the policies of tax cuts, trimming welfare benefits and privatising state companies have undermined Sweden’s famed welfare model.

During this time, the gap between rich and poor has grown faster in Sweden than in most developed countries, figures from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) show.

Political commentator Stig-Bjorn Ljunggren said: “The main issue has been whom has people most confidence in – most trustworthy to run the country, because the differences in the programme aren’t that big it’s more like which guy are you in favour of.”

The country has seen a rise in popularity for the far-right anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats party. They are on track to win 10 percent of the votes on Sunday, double their result in 2010.

Neither mainstream party is likely to win a majority but both say they will refuse to team up with the Sweden Democrats.