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Swedish election: PM says voting for anti-immigration SD is 'dangerous'

06:03 Sun Sep 09, 2018

PM Stefan Lofven carries red roses - the Social Democrats emblem - after Friday's TV debate

Taken from/By: REUTERS
Report by: BBC News

Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has begun the final day of the general election campaign by warning about extremism and fascism.

Neither his centre-left Social Democrats nor the main centre-right party is likely to win a majority.

The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) is expected to win around 20% of the vote, becoming the second biggest party in parliament.

Mr Lofven said an SD vote was “dangerous” and “counterproductive”.

He said it was “like trying to quench fire with alcohol”, according to the Omni news site.

Immigration has been a central issue of the election campaigns.

The nationalist SD doubled its seats in the 2014 election and it is predicted to double them again on Sunday.

On Saturday, SD leader Jimmie Akesson said Sweden had been “an extreme country in many ways, not least when it comes to immigration” and that his plan to take in fewer migrants would be regarded as “normal politics in the rest of Europe”.

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