JIMMIE ?KESSONLeader of the far right Sweden Democratic party. Per Jimmie ?kesson
(born 17 May 1979) is the current leader of the nationalist political party the Sweden Democrats
. He assumed his position on 7 May 2005, following his defeat of former leader Mikael Jansson
. He has held a public office as a councilman
in S?lvesborg Municipality
since 1998. 
?kesson was born and grew up in Valje
, S?lvesborg Municipality
. He was initially a member of the Moderate Youth League
for a short while, until he left the party in 1995 in favour of the Sweden Democratic Youth
. The party's policies that he was most attracted to at first were its view on the European Union
, and its policy on immigration
. In 1998, at the age of 19, he was elected to public office as a councilman
in S?lvesborg Municipality
. Soon he became deputy chairman of the Sweden Democratic Youth, and later, from 2000 to 2005 was the top chairman of the organisation. Swedish vote ends in hung parliament: near final resultshttp://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100919/ts_afp/swedenvote_20100919220656
More than 82 percent of Sweden's seven million electorate had cast their ballots Sunday, the final tally of votes from all election districts showed, although the number could shift slightly, since votes from abroad will be counted until Wednesday.
The far-right was celebrating its historic entry in parliament.
Now we are in the Riksdag! We are in!," exulted Jimmie Aakesson, the 31-year-old leader of the Swedish far-right, as he addressed supporters at the party's election headquarters.
He dismissed widespread fears his party would cause parliamentary chaos.
"We won't cause problems. We will take responsibility. That is my promise to the Swedish people," he said.
Aakesson recalled a tough election campaign, saying his party had been excluded from the public debate.
"We were exposed to censorship, we were exposed to a medieval boycott, they... excluded us," he lamented.
However, "today we have written political history," he said.
The party wants to put the brakes on immigration in Sweden, where more than 100,000 foreigners take up residence every year.
The Sweden Democrats won 0.37 percent of the ballot in 1998 and garnered 2.9 percent of the vote in legislative elections in 2006.http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100920/wl_afp/swedenvote UPDATE 7-Centre-right wins Swedish vote, short of majority
- Tweet This
- Share on LinkedIn
- Share on Faceboook
Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:53pm EDT
* Count of votes shows centre-right to lose majority
* Financial markets worried by hung parliament scenario
* Reinfeldt aims to be 1st centre-right PM to be re-elected
* Anti-immigrant party enters parliament for first time
(Adds quotes, background)
By Niklas Pollard
and Mia Shanley
STOCKHOLM, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Sweden's prime minister became the nation's first sitting centre-right leader to win re-election on Sunday, but he was deprived of a majority by the entry into parliament of an anti-immigrant party.
Analysts had said before the vote that a hung parliament, with Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's centre-right Alliance coalition having no overall majority, would unsettle investors and the Swedish crown was slightly weaker after the results.
With results in from almost all the 5,668 voting districts, Reinfeldt's coalition was set to win 172 seats in the 349-seat parliament and the anti-Islam Sweden Democrats 20 seats.
"If this outcome stands we will have a scenario that most Swedish voters wanted to avoid, that is that we have a xenophobic party holding the balance of power," said Ulf Bjereld, a political scientist at Gothenburg University.
Reinfeldt, who campaigned on a promise of more tax cuts and reforms to trim the welfare state, has said he is prepared to lead a minority government, but he repeated on Sunday that he would first approach the opposition Green Party for support.
"We have said that the biggest bloc should rule, and that is the Alliance," Reinfeldt told party workers at an election night party in central Stockholm.
He has benefited from one of Europe's strongest economic recoveries and would become the first sitting centre-right leader ever to win re-election in a country that was ruled for much of the last century by the Social Democrats.
The Social Democrats saw their support slump after targeting voters who had suffered because of welfare reforms pushed through by the Alliance of Reinfeldt's Moderate Party, the Liberals, Centre and Christian Democrats.
ANTI-IMMIGRANT PARTY IN
The big news of the night for a country which has long prided itself as being one of the most tolerant in Europe was the entry into parliament of the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats.
The rise in support for the party has come after it moved away from its skinhead roots and mirrors increases in support for similar parties elsewhere in Europe. [ID:nLDE68F1QK]
The Sweden Democrats deny they are racist but both main blocs have ruled out cooperating with them.
Analysts say the party has found support among the unemployed, whose numbers rose during the global economic crisis. It has a strong base in the south of Sweden, where the number of immigrants is higher than the national average.
"Today we have written political history together, I think that's fantastic," jubilant Sweden Democrat leaderJimmie Akesson told his chanting supporters.
Jan Haggstrom, chief economist at Handelsbanken, said that even a minority Reinfeldt government could manage well and he saw little chance that the centre-left opposition would link up with the Sweden Democrats on key parliamentary issues.
"We have such strong public finances..., it would take something really spectacular for people to start worrying ... and start selling Swedish government paper," he said.
INSPIRED BY DANISH PARTY
The Sweden Democrats have been inspired by the success of the People's Party in neighbouring Denmark, which provides vital parliamentary support for the government there.
The party wants to curtail immigration and criticises Muslims and Islam as un-Swedish. It already has many seats in local councils.
Sweden has been among the most welcoming of European Union countries to immigrants seeking asylum or refugee status, taking in people after the Balkan wars of the 1990s and becoming a favourite destination for Iraqis after the U.S. invasion.
Immigrants account for 14 percent of Sweden's population, just above the 12.4 percent average for northern Europe, according to United Nations figures.
In the election, voters were choosing between Reinfeldt's model of a leaner welfare state with more income tax cuts and privatisations, and an opposition platform that wants the rich to pay more to fund schools, hospitals and care for the elderly. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE68I00V20100919