The Norwegian left parties began yesterday, a day after their clear victory in the legislative elections, consultations and negotiations that promise to be long to form a new government and dislodge the right, in power for eight years.
The Labor Party of the likely next prime minister, Jonas Gahr Støre, and his favorite allies from the Center Party and the Socialist Left, won an absolute majority by winning 89 of the 169 seats at stake in the unicameral parliament, according to still provisional results.
The outgoing prime minister, the conservative Erna Solberg, acknowledged the defeat of her center-right coalition the night before last, which paved the way for alternation.
“Over the next few days, I will invite to meetings the leaders of all parties who want a new government,” said Støre, who campaigned against social inequality in his victory speech.
“There are more things that unite us than things that separate us,” he stressed yesterday, after speaking with the leaders of the Center Party and the Socialist Left.
In addition to these two parties, the 61-year-old millionaire plans to dialogue with two other forces of the current opposition, the Rødt communists and the MDG environmentalists, who won eight and three seats, respectively.
The Center Party, which defends above all the interests of the rural world, and the Socialist Left, concerned about social justice and environmental protection, are opposed on many issues, including fiscal and oil issues. (AFP)