Political Economy



Norway succeeds to form a government somewhat.

Tuesday, 01 October 2013
The Conservatives in Norway have finally succeeded to form a government with the Progress Party, Norway's Conservative leader Erna Solberg said yesterday.

The formation of the government with the populist Progress Party came after talks with two centrist parties broke down on Monday, giving ground on oil exploration and immigration.

This brings the Progress Party in a government in Norway for the first time. Solberg agreed to give up plans to drill for oil in several promising Arctic areas and also agreed to tighten asylum policies to win the support of her eventual coalition partner and the outside backing of the centrist Liberals and Christian Democrats.
Prospective prime minister of Norway,  Erna Solberg
Prospective Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg
At a press conference in the Norwegian Parliament in Oslo, the  prospective prime minister Erna Solberg announced on Monday evening that the  Conservative Party and the Progress Party were to begin negotiations on a future Government. This gives the right-wing populist Progress Party (FRP), led by Siv Jensen to have first place in a Norwegian government.

The two centrist parties, liberal Venstre (V) and the Christian Democratic Party (KRF) are joining forces in a partnership agreement, announced the party leaders at the press conference.

"We were very close to finding good solutions... This is the second best option," said Solberg, who is set to become Norway's second female premier after winning elections earlier this month. "This is not the end of cooperation between the four parties."

She states that all four parties have agreed that there must be a change in government, and that the negotiations have been conducted with "good spirits".
Siv Jensen admits that she feels some disappointment so had to backtrack on the issue of getting oil drilling in Lofoten.

The right wing, anti-immigration Progress Party, founded in 1973, has always been considered too radical by the mainstream parties for form a coalition with.

The party has though toned down its policies in recent years and moved closer to the centre after it emerged that mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik had once been a member. Behring kill about 70 people in cold blood in 22 July 2011.
It will be interesting to see how all this work out.
by Scancomark.com Team

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