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>> Polls opening in Sweden on Sunday in a tight election dominated by fears over asylum and welfare. A far right and fiercely populace political party is poised to decide the balance of power in the normally progressive country. The anti-immigration Sweden democrats are fighting to become the biggest party and while that's unlikely, polls suggest they'll win less than 20% of the votes, that figure is still enough to render them as king makers.
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Johan Ahlander is at the Reuters Stockholm bureau.>> The pretty straightforward center right block politics that has dominated Swedish politics for the last hundred years Seem to come to an end as no one will be able to form a government without the support of Sweden Democrats. The problem is nobody want to talk to them because of the troubled past.
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The Sweden Democrats were funded in the late 80s in part by White supremacists, I mean the earliest their rally is to skinheads. The current party leader
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has tried to clean up the party. But they have been rocked by numerous scandals and they have been forced to throw out numerous members because of racist statements online.
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>> Sweden took in more asylum seekers per capita than any other country in Europe in 2015, magnifying worries about a welfare system that many voters already believe is in crisis. Sweden Democrat leader Jimmy Acheson has promised to sink any government that refuses to give his party a say in policy particularly on immigration.
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But with some kind of cooperation between parties in the center left and center right, blocks the only other alternative and with various options unpalatable to the the traditional players following a government could take weeks.