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Sweden's far-right leader to return to work after burnout

Jimmie Aakesson has lifted Sweden's far-right party from obscurity to a serious parliamentary force, with the dapper 35-year-old seeking to position himself as a kinder, gentler sort of anti-immigration leaderThe leader of the far-right Sweden Democrats party will return to work in April after a five-month sick leave for burnout, he said in a television interview on Monday. “I’ll be coming back to work after March 31,” Jimmie Aakesson said during the taping of a television talk show to be aired Friday on Swedish public broadcaster SVT, excerpts of which were published on SVT’s website. Aakesson has lifted Sweden’s far-right party from obscurity to a serious parliamentary force, with the dapper 35-year-old seeking to position himself as a kinder, gentler sort of anti-immigration leader. The Sweden Democrats more than doubled their support to 13 percent in Sweden’s general elections in September, becoming the third-biggest party in parliament.

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