Swedish election: far right on course for sizeable gains in vote

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Exit polls suggest Sweden faces uncertain political future, with two main blocs now sitting neck-and-neck

The far-right Sweden Democrats were on course to make sizeable gains in Sweden’s election as exasperated voters retreated from the major parties, leaving the two main blocs neck-and-neck and the country facing weeks of political uncertainty.

The populist, anti-immigrant party won between 16.3% and 19.2% of the vote, according to early exit polls from two national broadcasters – well up on the 12.9% they scored in 2014, but far short of the 25%-plus polls had predicted earlier in the summer.

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