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Norway’s PM claims victory in historic election
    2017-September-13  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

CONSERVATIVE Prime Minister Erna Solberg claimed a narrow victory in Norway’s legislative elections Monday, saying voters in the oil-rich country had given her “a mandate for four more years.”

Solberg’s re-election marks the first time in more than 30 years a Conservative prime minister has won a second straight term.

“We have to be a little cautious, but it looks as though we will have a non-socialist majority,” she told a rally of supporters chanting “Erna! Erna!” as confetti and streamers were dropped on the crowd.

Her Conservative Party, along with its anti-immigration junior coalition partner the Progress Party and two other center-right allies, were on track to win a slender majority of 89 of the 169 seats in parliament, with 95 percent of votes counted.

The opposition, headed by Labor leader Jonas Gahr Store, was seen taking 80 seats.

Store, a 57-year-old millionaire who has previously served as the country’s foreign minister, conceded defeat and wished his rival well.

Solberg’s Conservatives meanwhile lost seven seats.

The results confirmed opinion polls, which had predicted an extraordinarily close race in “the world’s happiest country.”

In power since 2013, Solberg had campaigned on a pledge of continuity.

Her government has successfully steered the wealthy country of 5.3 million — Western Europe’s biggest oil producer — through two crises: the oil industry’s slump after the drop in crude prices since 2014 and the migrant crisis in 2015.

Over the past four years, the right has focused on kickstarting the economy and laying the groundwork for the post-oil era by reducing taxes.

But the opposition and many economists have criticized the government for dipping too generously into the country’s huge sovereign wealth fund, worth almost US$1 trillion.

Meanwhile, Store had vowed to raise taxes for the richest in a bid to bolster Norwegians’ cherished welfare state and reduce inequalities in society.

“We need a change now because we are growing apart from each other,” the 57-year-old Labour leader said after casting his ballot Sunday.

Norway is blessed with high living standards, education and a comprehensive welfare state — qualities that helped it to be named the happiest country in the world in a respected U.N. study in March.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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