Election workers unload posters with a portrait of Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson outside the party headquarters in central Stockholm, Sweden, Monday Sept. 10, 2018, the day after general elections in Sweden. (Christine Olsson/TT via AP)
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Sweden faces a political impasse after its mainstream center-left and center-right blocs virtually tied in an election Sunday, while the far-right – which neither wants to deal with – made gains on a hard-line anti-immigration platform.The Sweden Democrats, a party with white supremacist roots, won 17.6 percent, about 5 percentage points more than four years ago."We won't participate in letting through a government which doesn't give us influence," he told TV4. "On the contrary, we will do what we can to bring down any such government".Unless parties on the center-left and center-right break ranks with their blocs, it is likely to be impossible to form a stable government without some kind of support from the Sweden Democrats, who want the country to leave the European Union and freeze immigration.Sweden has regarded itself as a "humanitarian superpower" for years, but a rise in gang violence in immigrant-dominated, deprived city suburbs has also won support for the Sweden Democrats.Akesson challenged Kristersson to choose between seeking support from the Sweden Democrats for an Alliance government or accepting four additional years of Lofven as prime minister.
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