Norway Gets Minority Government Under Social Democrat

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After eight years of conservative rule, Norway will have a minority government led by social democrat Jonas Gahr Støre.

 

Starting next week, he will succeed Erna Solberg, who indicated after the elections more than three weeks ago that a “clear majority” of Norwegians want another government.

In his victory speech, Støre said he was looking for other centre-left parties to form a coalition but was unable to form a majority government due to disagreements over climate policy and taxes. The social democrat has now reached an agreement with the Center Party, which mainly attracted votes in the countryside.

The new team will present a detailed coalition agreement next Wednesday. In order to get proposals through parliament, the new government will have to find a majority for each plan. In the campaign, 61-year-old Støre had promised to cut taxes for low and middle incomes and reduce CO2 emissions.

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