The opposition Labor Party won elections to the unicameral parliament with over 25 percent of the vote, according to a forecast by Norwegian television, which was published after the closure of the voting houses. According to the station’s estimates based on early votes, this formation in the coalition would have the majority of seats in the 169-person Storting. If the forecast were to be confirmed, the current prime minister of Norway, Erny Solberg from the Conservative Party, would have to say goodbye to his position.
On Monday, the Norwegians elected representatives to the unicameral parliament – the Storting. The opposition Labor Party won the elections to the Norwegian parliament, according to a forecast by the public television NRK, published after the closure of polling stations.
NRK estimates that the Labor Party won 25.7 percent of the vote. votes and, together with the Center Party (14%) and the Socialist Left Party (7.7%), has a majority in the 169-seat parliament.
The candidate for the prime minister will be the head of the Labor Party, Jonas Gahr Store, who has already announced the commencement of coalition talks on Tuesday “with all political forces that want to change the government.”
The current prime minister may say goodbye to his position
The Conservative Party of Prime Minister Erna Solberg, which has been ruling for eight years, won the support of 19.8 percent. Its coalition partners – the Liberals and the Christian Democrats, who can only win a few seats each, also performed poorly.
According to forecasts, the Green Party reached 4.1 percent. support and increase its possession from one mandate to seven.
The forecast is based on early votes
The NRK forecast is based on early votes. You could vote this way from 1 July to Friday. This opportunity was used by a record number of 1.6 million people, i.e. 42.3 percent. entitled
On Monday, however, voting took place in the premises from 9:00 to 21:00. People in quarantine were visited at home by members of the election commission equipped with protective equipment, who collected their voting cards. In 159 municipalities, including Oslo and Stavanger, polling stations were open in the afternoon hours as early as Sunday.
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The Social Democratic Labor Party wins votes thanks to the announcement of the new government’s plan for the first 100 days, which sets out 40 actions. Many of them are of a social nature, for example lowering the fees for kindergartens or increasing the amount of the tax deduction of the union membership fee. The Conservative Party, backed by two small coalition partners, is losing support after the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The government decided to lockdown, which caused discontent and led to a significant increase in unemployment. Earlier polls show that the Progress Party, which is opposed to immigrants, will not be successful either. The topic of migration did not dominate the election campaign.
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