The opposition of left won the parliamentary elections on Norway and they were preparing this Tuesday to sign the new Government. Of the 169 seats in the unilateral Parliament, 104 are distributed among the five opposition parties, enough to unseat the right-wing coalition of the Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
The Labor Party of the likely next prime minister, Jonas Gahr Store, and their allies from Center Party and the Socialist Left, obtained an absolute majority by adding 89 of the 169 seats at stake in the unicameral parliament, according to provisional results. Conservatives have ruled the European country for eight years, Telam reported.
Solberg, acknowledged on Monday the defeat of his center-right coalition, which paved the way for alternation. “During the next few days, I will invite to meetings the leaders of all the parties who want a new government,” said Store, referring to the process of negotiations – which promises to be long and complex – that is expected to conclude with his nomination.
A record number of more than 1.6 million Norwegians, 42.3% of the electorate, resorted to early voting. The focus of the electoral campaign was defined by the problem of global warming and the oil industry. In Norway, a country of 5.4 million inhabitants, the oil sector represents 14% of the Gross Domestic Product, more than 40% of exports, 160,000 direct jobs.
The Norwegian conservatives spent eight years in power, a record, amid multiple crises, from migrants to falling oil prices, through the coronavirus pandemic. The popular prime minister damaged her image by violating her own social distancing rules during her 60th anniversary celebration in March.