Following the general election in September this year, the decades long domination of the centre left Social Democrats has been broken by a centre right coalition. Sweden now has a new conservative coalition Prime Minister, Ulf Kristersson, leader of the Moderate Party who was elected by the country’s parliament as PM after a coalition agreement between the centre-right parties was reached last week.
However Kristersson's Moderates are not the largest party in the coalition, that distinction goes to the right wing Sweden Democrats, the Eurosceptic, anti - immigration party that was kept out of the governing coalition following the last election by pressure from Brussels. This outside meddling in Swedish domestic affairs resulted in the country being governed by a minority government, a loose coalition of left, far left, extreme left and ecoloony parties.
Kristersson became Sweden’s new Prime Minister on
Monday by a vote of 176 to 173 with no abstentions and is expected to
present his new government on Tuesday. The election of Kristersson comes
despite his centre-right party placing third behind the populist Sweden Democrats in last month’s election. As the Sweden Democrats have been demonised by the establishment, the European Union and mainstream media as a far right party with neo - Nazi leanings it was felt that pushing the SD leader Per Jimmie Åkesson for Prime Minister might lead to confrontation with the EU.
“It feels big. I’m grateful. I am happy about the confidence I have received from the Riksdag but also visibly humbled by the tasks that lie ahead,” Kristersson said following his election.
The election of Prime Minister Kristersson comes after the coalition of the Moderates, the Sweden Democrats, the Christian Democrats, and the Liberals reached a governing agreement known as the Tidö agreement last week, broadcaster SVT reports.
The new government will set about implementing reforms in immigration law and the unquestioned admittance of 'asylum seekers, most of who are economic migrants with no chance of entering the country legally, and seek to withdraw residency permits and deport people involved in criminal organisations or terrorist linked groups. They will also tighten the rules around the granting of Swedish citizenship.
Another area to be addressed urgently relates to problems caused by immigration of unskilled, illiterate labourers who cannot learn Swedish, refuse to assimilate and claim they are not subject to Swedish law because their religious law is supreme. The government will also launch an investigation into whether new migrants to Sweden should automatically be granted social benefits.
On crime, the Kristersson government will look to double the sentences for crimes linked to criminal gangs and look into deporting gang criminals without Swedish citizenship even if they have not been convicted of crimes.
A ban on living in certain areas will also be proposed for those convicted of crimes relating to gang activity, honour crimes, domestic violence, sexual offences and extremism.
The new proposals come as Sweden, which over the past decade has witnessed an explosion in rape and sexual assault, 90% of which offences are perpetrated by immigrants against ethnic Swedes, has also endured its worst-ever year for fatal gun violence in 2022 (with two m onths of the year still to run,) the previous fatal shooting record being broken in August. The majority of the cases are linked to criminal gang activity, with many of the gang criminals coming from migrant backgrounds.Sweden’s National Police Chief Anders Thornberg admitted in January of this year that migration and integration failures have contributed to the issue of violent criminal gangs. In the past socialist governments have ordered law enforcement departments and the justice system to back off prosecuting immigrants in order to avoid creating racial tensions.