Projected results show that the center-left opposition parties are on track to win Norway’s parliamentary election.
Norway’s opposition parties in Norway are on track to win the country’s parliamentary election, which focuses on the debate on economic inequality and climate change, the forecasts showed when the vote ended on Monday.
The leader of the Labor Party, Jonas Gahr Stoere, is expected to form the next government, either in a minority or with several other parties, thus bringing a close Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s eight years to power.
Nearly 3.9 million Norwegians were eligible to vote. More than 42 percent of voters voted in advance.
But to form a viable cabinet, Sturgeon must persuade potential center-left partners to compromise on policies ranging from oil and private ownership to Norway’s EU relations.
Norway’s status as a major oil and gas producer was at the heart of the campaign, although a shift away from petroleum — and the jobs it creates — is likely to be gradual despite progress by environmentally friendly parties.
“The demand for oil is down. This happens by itself, by market forces. We do not have to decide that … but rather build bridges for future activities, “Espen Barth Eide, head of labor, told the AFP news agency.
“We will continue with oil activities, but we must recognize that the best oil years are behind us,” he said.
With more than 65 percent of the vote counted, Labor and four other center-left parties could swing to a combined majority of 100 seats, up from 81 at present, the Electoral Directorate predicted.
A minimum of 85 seats is required to obtain a 169-seat majority in parliament.
If the predictions turn out to be correct, Stoere could form a majority of Labor, the Center Party and the Socialist Left, at a rate of 89 seats, and avoid having to cooperate with the Marxist Red Party or the Green Oil.
However, it can be difficult enough to rule the center party in the countryside and the mostly urban socialists together, as the two have different views on a variety of issues, from oil to taxation.
Government in a minority can also be an option for Labor. Stoere said his government would focus on reducing CO2 emissions in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement, but rejected any ultimatum on energy policy.
The Labor leader has vowed to address inequality if he wins.
Stoere is a former civil servant who was elected to the Storting in 2009.. He was also Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2005-2013 under the then Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and took over the reins of the party when Stoltenberg became the Secretary General of NATO.