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Spectacular shift in power in Norway as the Labour gives way to the Conservatives 

Monday, 09 September 2013
Erna Solberg will be the new Prime Minister of Norway after the Norway's Labour Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg admitted defeat in Monday's general election.

This brings in the bourgeois majority in Norway and a full power change in Norway after both the forecasts and the vote count reveal that the Social Democrats lost.
Erna Solberg, who heads the Conservative Party, is widely expected to form a government with the anti-immigration Progress Party.Erna Solberg, New Norwegian prime minister
New Norwegian prime minister, Erna Solberg
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's Arbeiderparti (labour party) becomes the single largest party with over 30 percent of the vote, it's coalition lacked the votes to win a clear majority. Mr Stoltenberg said he would step down after presenting the budget next month, October 14.

He has been the Labour party leader and prime minister since 2005, and said they tried "to do what almost no one has done, to win three elections in a row, but it turned out to be tough."
"Tonight I wish Erna Solberg congratulations and thank her for a proper and good campaigning. I wish her every success in the important work that is ahead of her," said Stoltenberg from the pulpit.

At 21:40 o'clock, Norwegian radio and television broadcaster NRK reported that  the Conservatives had won 26.5 percent of the votes, Labour had  30.8 percent. For the smaller parties, the votes allocated were read thus :

Socialist Left 3.9 percent, Progress Party 15.8 percent, Christian People's Party 5.9 percent, The Left party 4.8 percent.
Erna Solberg
Conservative Party leader Erna Solberg (Pictured here above) was satisfied with the party's performance in the election campaign and did not hesitate on what had been the party's strength.

"We have managed to keep focus and talked about what we want, we've talked about our policies..." She looked forward to start negotiations on a new government, "hopefully with all four."

However, it is not certain that the Liberal Party and the Christian People's Party, which would be the smallest in the coalition, would provide a mandate to their party leader to enter into negotiations. In both parties, there is a resistance to the proposed coalition.
Supporters of the Conservatives party celebrating after victory
As for Stoltenberg, he said of the defeat that "tonight we acknowledge the disappointment but we are in no way turned off. We have achieved a great result for the Labour Party and are having a clear majority. It shows that we have made it formidable in the election campaign," says Stoltenberg.

He stressed that the Labour Party will form a strong opposition knowing that from experience the bourgeois governments often end up in civil breakdown.
By Scancomark.com Team

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