Norway’s left-wing opposition wins general election.
The elections on Monday in Norway were “won” by the opposition, and there will be a change of government. This means the conservative/liberal government, supported in Parliament by the Progress Party (right-wing) will be replaced with a more left alternative.
Although it is yet not quite certain who will form the new government, most likely the new government will be composed of the following:
Labor party (social democrats) which is still the biggest party (26%) in Norway, but lost some 1,1% votes since last election and lost one seat in Parliament
Center Party (center agrarian, but not a socialist party) the “winner” of the elections. Gained 3.2% and 9 more seats in Parliament
Socialist Left Party gained 1.6% and also 2 new seats in Parliament.
These three parties have majority seats alone, but there is a long distance between the socialist and the agrarian/center party, and the Center Party has a big part of their constituency who by no means want to govern the country together with the Socialist Party.
The Red Party (left wing / far left) is also a winner. Gained 2.3% and 7 new seats in Parliament (up from only 1 seat). Cannot block decisions by the a possibel majority of Labor Party, Center Party and Socialist Left Party, but will still be more influential.
The Green Party (center/left) wanted to get rid of the conservative/liberal government gained 2 seats (from one only) in Parliament. The party was expected to become substantially bigger in votes, but probably they were seen to be too much single focused on climate, and did not succeed in presenting what their political position were on many other critical issues.
The Christian Democratic Party are the big loser, and many even expect that they will gradually disappear as a party. Made a choice some time back of going right and joining the coalition led by the conservatives, and by this the probably lost a lot of former supporters who appreciated a party that lifts traditional “Christian values” but which also built alliances with the center / left to give more emphasis on climate and social justice issues. The party lost 5 seats in Parliament, and is left with only 3.
The Progress Party (right wing) went down with 3.6% and lost 6 seats in Parliament.
The Conservative Party, the second biggest in the country (21,1%), lost 4,7% compared to last election, and also lost 9 seats in Parliament.
The Left Party (liberal / center) was also a loser of the election. Although they have not lost votes or seats, but it is still considered that they are becoming more marginal in Norwegian politics.
The elections clearly express a vast majority which was eager to see a change of government. And the political reality in Norway is that you have a huge number of parties which sometimes are difficult to clearly differentiate between. But what the elections show is that Norway now has a majority that will emphasise more on social and economic equality, governmental health care and social services against privatisation, and specifically more radical climate change politics.
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Special correspondent of Saccam in Oslo,