Swedish newspaper Expressen is now reporting that the promised snap election in March has been cancelled. The information has been confirmed by several government sources, and all parties except nationalist party SD and communist party V will hold a joint press conference at 10:30 CET to this effect.
UPDATE: The press conference is available live with a transcript on state TV website SVT.se.
As stated, the snap election has indeed been called off. Instead, the parties have agreed to cooperate to block nationalist party SD, the third largest, from getting any influence. This “influence” is the demand that Sweden reduces it’s extreme immigration to that of neighboring countries.
Sweden has ten times the immigration of the rest of Europe, primarily low-educated people from MENA that are greatly overrepresented in the unemployment and crime statistics.
But now the traditional parties have reached an agreement to maintain and even increase the inflow, despite deteriorating state finances and voter resistance to increased immigration (according to the SOM survey of 2014, only 18% of voters support increased immigration; most oppose it).
Nationalist party SD received 12,9% of the votes in the September election, but increased to the 17-18% range in polls after they put their foot down regarding immigration. Some believed SD would have reached 20% or more should the March snap election have taken place.
Now the government and the “opposition” can continue to railroad the voters with unwanted policies for four years unopposed.
Rest In Peace