Lack of ideas, leadership in Swedish politics may benefit far right

December 12, 2014 7:51 AM

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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's mainstream parties head into March's snap election unloved by voters and short on seasoned leadership, raising the risk the far-right will increase its support and be able to force a shift in generous immigration policies.

Center-left Prime Minister Stefan Lofven's need to call a new election two months into office underlines his weakness. His likely rival for the top political post - Moderate party economic spokeswoman Anna Kinberg Batra - will not even head her own party until January.

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