Sweden's Prime Minister and Leader of the Social Democrats party, Stefan Lofven hands out roses during a visit to Norrkoping, Sweden, August 31, 2018. TT News Agency/Thommy Tengborg/via REUTER
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The anti-immigration far-right is expected to soar in Sweden's Sept. 9 general elections, capitalizing on voter discontent as Swedes punish traditional parties over immigration, integration and health care.A Skop institute poll published Sunday, a week before the election, credited the Social Democrats with 23.8 percent of support, compared with 31 percent in the 2014 election; SD with 20 percent, up from 13 percent in 2014; and the Moderates with 17 percent, down from 23 percent.Up to a third of LO members could vote for SD, polls suggest.A country of 10 million people, Sweden has welcomed 400,000 asylum seekers since 2012, first under the center-right government of Fredrik Reinfeldt and then under Lofven's center-left administration.LO head Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson has warned that since SD has no chance of entering government, a vote for the far-right is a vote lost by the Social Democrats – and therefore "a vote for the right". Identity crisisAfter Sweden's eight years under a center-right government, Lofven took power in 2014 as a unifier reconciling, in true Swedish social democratic fashion, business competitiveness and social justice.
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