Sweden Election: Populists Win Biggest Ever Vote Share, Ruling Leftists Have Worst Result in 100 Years


Although the Sweden Democrats fell slightly short of a second-place finish, populist leader Jimmie Åkesson - who pushed through the election campaign despite Islamist threats against his family - told supporters they were the "real winners" in the election, suggesting they could serve as kingmakers with the left-liberal and 'centre-right' blocs unable to form parliamentary majorities on their own.

"We have increased our mandate in parliament and we see that we will have an immense influence on what is happening in Sweden in the next week, the next few months and the next few years," he told supporters.

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