Sunday, June 26

Norway’s Left Opposition Wins General Election, First Projections Say

The left-wing opposition in Norway won the country’s general elections, preliminary results show.

The first results indicate the end of the eight-year rule of the center-right government under Prime Minister Erna Solberg, after a campaign dominated by the future of the oil industry.

With a projection based on a preliminary count of almost 93% of the vote, the Labor Party and its two allies, the Socialist Left and the Center Eurosceptic Party, would occupy 100 seats in the 169-seat Stortinget assembly while the current government I’d get 68. A seat still wasn’t secure.

This indicates that Solberg will be toppled by a left-wing coalition led by Jonas Gahr Støre, a millionaire ally of former prime minister and now NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

“We have waited, we have been hopeful and we have worked so hard. And now we can finally say that we did it, ”Gahr Stoere said on election night before cheering on party members.

“The parties that have said they want a new government and a new path for the country seem to have a large majority,” he said.

Opinion polls in the run-up to the vote predicted that the election would be a setback for the current Conservative government.

“We knew we needed a miracle … the Conservatives working session is over,” Solberg said. He congratulated Stoere on “what now seems like a clear majority.”

Its Conservatives suffered a setback, losing 4.7 percentage points, which was described by the Norwegian broadcaster NRK as “the biggest loser of the elections.” His former coalition partner, the Progress Party, lost 3.4 percentage points, according to a preliminary tally of more than 93% of the votes of Norway’s electoral commission.

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As Norwegians cast their votes across the country, fears about climate change put the future of the oil and gas industry at the top of the campaign agenda.

Solberg’s Conservatives and the Labor opposition advocate a gradual move away from fossil fuels that continue to sustain the economy.

The largest parties rarely rule alone in Norway; Smaller actors are generally required to form a majority coalition, and they can have enormous influence on the government’s agenda.

Negotiations to form a coalition government are likely to be long and delicate.

Some, like the Greens, are demanding a more radical break with the country’s dominant industry and income stream.

Støre, a 61-year-old millionaire who campaigned against social inequality, had rejected it and a parliamentary majority would strengthen his position.

The Socialist Left will not offer its support lightly and the Center Party also demands a more aggressive approach towards the switch to renewable energy.

The Center Party achieved the biggest gains in the elections by obtaining almost 14% of the vote, an increase of 3.6 percentage points, and its leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, a farmer turned politician, pointed out with a big smile that he had become In the third. -largest group in Stortinget after Labor and Conservatives.

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