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Opposition from center-left Norway is on track to regain power after an unprecedented eight-year rule in an election dominated by questions about climate change, the future of the country’s oil industry and inequality.
According to early predictions from state broadcaster NRK, based on 60 percent of the vote, the center-left parties would win 102 seats to 66 for the center-right.
The result, if confirmed, will bring Labor leader Jonas Gahr Store, a former foreign minister, to power, meaning that for the first time in 62 years, the five Nordic countries will simultaneously have a premier of left has.
The North West has experienced a rise in right-wing parties in recent decades, a long stronghold of social democracy. The Norwegian Labor Party is one of the most ruthless political machines in Europe and has won first place in every election since 1924, but it has experienced a steady decline in support over the past few years, leading to the rise of several smaller leftists. parties.
‘This is a very good result for us. It was a climate and inequality election. The big long-term challenge is how we prepare for the transition of Norway’s economy into a world that is moving rapidly towards renewable energy, “Espen Barth Eide, a former foreign minister, told the Financial Times said.
The early forecast indicates that Labor will pick up about 25-26 percent, one of the lowest votes in the last century, but above its worst performance since 2001.
Store has pledged to tackle growing inequality, which he says is the result of Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s policies, but emphasized the need not to overestimate Norway’s largest oil industry in Western Europe. do not want to end.
Solberg offered to become the first Norwegian prime minister to be elected for a third term, but despite the high support for her and her Conservative party, the center-right suffered from a poor performance by three smaller parties.
The election in Norway lacked a central theme until a UN report on climate change warned last month that humanity was ‘red’. It breathes life into a number of smaller parties to the left and right party who are campaigning for Norway to accelerate the transition to a greener economy and away from the oil and gas industry which still dominates exports.
‘The first international event we will attend is Glasgow [the COP26 climate summit]. We must immediately lead with this to have something clear, ”said Eide.
The predicted result will give a small majority to Store’s preferred coalition with the rural center party and the socialist left of the neighborhood. This would mean that the Labor leader does not have to rely on the support of smaller, more radical parties such as the Greens and the Communist Red Party. The Greens, for example, have demanded a ban on all new oil exploration to support a government. “If it’s real, it’s as good as it gets,” Eide added.
Much depends on the final score for several smaller parties, including the Greens who are fighting to overcome the 4 percent barrier needed to get extra seats.