COPENHAGEN, Denmark – The center-left party is on the verge of winning the Norwegian election on Monday as government estimates indicate the ruling Conservatives are losing power after a campaign on climate change and the future of the country’s oil and gas exploration industry.
With a projection based on a preliminary count of about 93% of the vote, the Labor Party and its two allies সমাজ the Socialist Left and the Eurosceptic Center Party-will get 100 seats in the 169-seat Stortington Assembly while the current government will get 68. One seat was still uncertain.
As Norway’s largest party, Labor will try to form a coalition government, with 611-year-old Jonas Gahr Stowar ready to become Norway’s next leader. Scandinavia is not a member of the European Union.
“We will now present Norway with a new government and a new path,” Gohar Stowar said on election night, before chanting “Stowar” and cheering on party members. He added that he would invite parties who “want new change” to discuss the issue in the coming days.
Labor has promised an industrial policy that will support new green industries, such as wind energy, “blue hydrogen” that uses natural gas to produce alternative fuels, and carbon capture and storage, which seeks to bury carbon dioxide under the sea.
In the 2001 election, Labor was ousted from power, enabling the Conservatives’ Erna Solberg to become prime minister and Norway’s longest-serving leader. Gahar Stowar said Monday that he wanted to thank Solberg for being “a good prime minister.”
“We knew we needed a miracle – the Conservatives’ work session was over,” Salberg said. “I congratulate Jonas Gahr Store for looking like a clear majority.”
His Conservatives suffered a blow, losing 4.7 percentage points, which Norwegian broadcaster NRK called the “biggest loser in the election.” According to a preliminary tally of more than 93% of the vote in Norway’s election commission, the former coalition partner Progress Party lost 3.4 percentage points.
Thanks to her longevity and her commitment to economic liberalism, the 60-year-old Solberg became known as “Iron Erna”, inspired by the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, whose nickname was “Iron Lady”.
Solberg was hoping to win a third four-year term as first prime minister. During his eight-year tenure, he has expanded oil exploration, reduced taxes and tried to make public administration more efficient.
There could be post-election horse trading for the Labor Party and the Gohar Store. The Socialist Left will not offer their support lightly, and the Center Party is also demanding a more aggressive approach to the transition to renewable energy.
The campaign, centered on the North Sea oil and gas, has helped make Norway one of the richest countries in the world. But the threat of climate change has cast doubt on the future of the industry. The country’s largest industry is responsible for more than 40% of exports and directly employs more than 5% of workers.
Norwegians, on the other hand, are among the most climate-conscious consumers in the world, with most buying new cars now electric.
Most of Norway’s oil and gas still comes from mature areas in the North Sea, but most of the country’s unused reserves are in the Barents Sea above the Arctic Circle. This is a red line for environmentalists, who can play an important role in protecting the majority government.
Stowar also served as Secretary of State under then-Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg from 2005-201, and took charge of the party when Stoltenberg became NATO secretary general.
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