With Jonas Gahr Store at the helm, the left-wing opposition bloc, led by the Labor Party (PL), dominated the Norwegian parliamentary elections, ahead of the right-wing coalition led by current Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
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With 90 per cent of the votes counted, the left secure 100 seats in the Storting, as the Norwegian unicameral parliament is called, 19 more than four years ago; while the right-wing bloc obtained 68 (20 less).
In this way, they far exceed the magic number of 88 deputies who guarantee an absolute majority in the 169-seat Chamber, over the conservative Solberg bloc, which was in power for eight years.
The PL with 26.3 percent of the votes, translated into 47 seats, became the most voted formation according to its status as the largest political party in that country and which it has held since the Second World War. Despite totaling one seat less than in the previous elections, he banished the debacle predicted by the previous polls.
“I want a fairer society with opportunities for everyone, that we strive to put everyone to work. That is the number one priority,” said Store, who also opted for a “fair climate policy” and assured that it would involve all parties involved. taking into account that precisely climate change and the future destiny of the oil industry became thematic axes of the votes.
For his part, Solberg said that “the work of the conservative party in the government ended this time. I congratulate Jonas Gahr Store who, at this time, seems to have a clear majority to change the government.”
However, after the red alert issued by experts from the United Nations (UN) on the exploitation of resources associated with climate change, the MDG calls for the immediate cessation of all oil exploration and an end to oil exploitation in 2035.
Both Store and the conservatives reject this request and bet on a gradual de-escalation. To which the head of energy of the PL, Espen Barth Eide deepened that the demand for oil is in decline, “this happens by itself, by the law of the market. It is not necessary to decree it but to build bridges towards future activities,” he added.
It happens that in Norway the oil industry represents 14 percent of Gross Domestic Product, more than 40 percent of exports, and 160,000 direct jobs.
Store, 61, has a degree in Political Science in Paris, and who served as minister alongside Jens Stoltenberg between 2005 and 2013, focused his campaign against social inequality.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Solberg was affected by her popularity by violating the regulations prescribed by her Administration against Covid-19, on the occasion of her 60th birthday last March, for which she received a fine of 2,000 euros, and earlier in another event family in February at a ski resort.