Stockholm: Swedish Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson on Friday slammed the far-right Sweden Democrats for blocking a government budget and triggering early elections, saying the "neo-fascist party" wanted to "dictate the terms in Swedish politics".
"It`s a party that doesn`t stand for the basic value that all human beings are equal, which now raises its voice and wants to dictate the terms in Swedish politics," Andersson told news agency TT.
On Wednesday, the Swedish Parliament approved an opposition budget proposal passed thanks to backing by the extreme-right Swedish Democrats, who hold the balance of power in the chamber.
Prime Minister Stefan Loefven, in office for just two months, rejected the move and instead called snap elections -- the first Sweden has seen in half a century. They are to take place on March 22.
The Sweden Democrats have already announced that they intend to turn the election into a "referendum on immigration".
Andersson said: "What we have here is a neo-fascist party which believes it must have a decisive influence and set the agenda in Swedish politics."
The Sweden Democrats, with roots in the country`s most radical extreme right, entered parliament in 2010. Its ambition is to curb Sweden`s generous policy on immigration and refugees.
The party became Sweden`s third-biggest in September General Elections with 12.9 percent of the votes and 49 of the 349 seats in Parliament.
All seven parties in Parliament refuse to take on the Sweden Democrats as allies, however.