Norwegian Labor Party initiates contacts to form government after return to power
The center-left opposition bloc on Monday won a resounding victory in the legislative elections in Norway which allows the Labor Party to regain power eight years later and to govern with its preferred formula. With virtually all votes scrutinized, the opposition won more than 56% of the vote against 40.5% of the right-wing bloc of Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg, in power since 2013, confirming what the polls had announced for some . time. month. The Labor Party will begin talks with potential coalition partners on Tuesday.
This formation, led by Jonas Gahr Stre, has retained its status as the most voted force, which it has held since 1924, but with 26.4% and 48 seats, just under a percentage point compared to previous ones. 2017 elections and one seat less. , the worst result in eight decades.
The rise of the Center Party, the one that made the most progress in the elections, and the Socialist Left Party, however, will allow Labor to add a comfortable majority of 88 deputies (out of a total of 169 in the Chamber), three more than necessary, with these formations and therefore not depending on the Rojo, amalgamation of communist and socialist forces, and Los Verdes.
The triumph of work also means that all of Scandinavia will be ruled by social democratic forces, a situation common in the second half of the 20th century, but which has ceased to be so in the last two decades.
The four forces that made up the Solberg government in the last legislature lost their support, resulting in a joint setback of more than eight percentage points. The Conservative Party lost more than four points and nine seats to hold on to 20.5% and 36 seats, but remained the second with the most electoral support. The xenophobic Progress Party, in government from 2013 to 2020, lost its status as the third political force, falling to 11.7% (4.5 points less) and ceding six deputies to 21.
The Liberal Party would obtain an almost identical result, with 4.4% and eight MPs, while the Christian Democratic Party would not exceed the minimum mark of 4% and lose five seats, even if it would retain three due to its good result in some constituencies.
For the second consecutive election, the Center Party gained in votes and was the force that grew the most, nearly four points, to 13.6%, and won nine seats to add 28. More modest was the rise of the Socialist Left (SV), which won a point and a half and two seats to stay at 7.5% and 13. Rojo doubled the percentage of votes (4.7%) and went from one to nine seats, but the comfortable majority that Labor, centrists and the SV point to less influence than expected.
The Greens remained at the limit of 4%, even if they would get at least three deputies for the result in the constituencies. Its exceptional result in the district of Alta (north) would allow the Foco en los Pacientes party to win a seat, a formation whose only interest is to promote the construction of a new hospital emergency center in this district.
The polls for months had pointed to a change of government, with a solid opposition advantage, and the only question to be settled seemed to be whether Gahr Stre could get an absolute majority with his allies or should he resort to Rojo and Los Verdes, a formula not wanted by himself or, above all, by the Center Party. The Greens, for example, had assured in the campaign that they would not support any government that did not support the reduction of oil activity, a sensitive issue in a country which is the largest exporter of gas and oil in Europe. western.
Climate issues have occupied a privileged place in the electoral campaign, alongside more traditional social policy questions such as health or taxation, but the modest progress obtained by forces more respectful of the environment may lead the Government to a policy less political. ambitious in this area.
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