The Sweden Democrats, a right-wing, populist and Eurosceptic party that will form part of Sweden’s new government will be a “watchdog for change,” according to one of its leading MEPs.
In an interview with Britain’s Nigel Farage on GB News, MEP Charlie Weimers revealed that his party — which received the second-highest number of votes in Sunday’s election in Sweden — will lobby for stricter immigration controls, reforms to fight crime, and support for nuclear energy as a solution to the country’s energy crisis.
“We will be a change watchdog,” Weimers told the British news outlet. “We will make sure that action is actually taken to control migration, an area where the previous government failed utterly, and that we actually start to implement reforms to fight crime.
“You mentioned gun crime, we have shootings every night in Sweden. We have had 500 bombings during the last four years of Social Democratic rule in this country,” Weimers said.
“We will also make sure that Sweden starts the process to build new nuclear reactors because we have an energy crisis in Sweden, and that is also a reason why this government failed because it closed down four reactors during its reign,” he added.
Ulf Kristersson, the leader of the center-right Moderate party is now set to take power, but Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson will have considerable sway and will not lend his party’s parliamentary votes to another without cast-iron guarantees on the topics of immigration and gang-related crime.
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The writing had been on the wall for some time for the previous administration, as it only began to address legitimate concerns of ordinary Swedes about the pressure on public services and the increase in migrant violence when it was too late.
The outgoing Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson had vowed to abolish the ethnic ghettos in major cities, which have been hotbeds of organized crime, but her promises to the Swedish people fell on deaf ears as voters opted for a political reset in Sunday’s election.