Norwegians go to the polls as PM Solberg seeks to create history

    Norwegians go to the polls as PM Solberg seeks to create history

    Sept 11, Oslo: The Labour party and Norwegian PM's centre right bloc are facing off at the parlimentary election today.

    After spending an unprecedented amount on saving the economy from a recession, with part of the cash coming from the world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund, Solberg and her coalition hope to become the first center-right government since World War II to serve two full consecutive terms."It’s a positive development for a conservative majority,” Solberg apprently told reporters. "But it’s very tight. Now it’s important to get all hands on deck."

    if neither of these parties get an overall majority they would have to call on a combination of smaller parties from either left or right to secure power.

    But crux of the problem is that  some of these groups want to impose more or less draconian limits on exploration in Arctic waters off Norway’s northern coast.

    Meanwhile, the opinion polls have predicted an extraordinarily close race between Prime Minister Erna Solberg's team and the opposition led by Labour's Jonas Gahr Støre.Everything is "set for the biggest election thriller in many decades," a political commentator for TV2 television said after a final opinion poll published Saturday credited the right with the narrowest possible majority, albeit within the margin of error.

    In power since 2013, the coalition government, comprising Solberg's Conservatives and the populist anti-immigration Progress Party, has campaigned on a vow of continuity as the government has successfully steered the wealthy country through two crises: the oil industry's slump after the drop in crude prices since 2014, and the migrant crisis in 2015."We want four more years to continue doing what works," Solberg said.

    The opposition and many economists have however criticised the government for dipping too generously into the country's massive sovereign wealth fund, worth almost $1 trillion.

    The Polling stations had opened at 9:00 am and will close at 9:00 pm, when the first partial results will be released.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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