After big election win Norway's Labour Party set to form new government

Photo: EPA Jonas Gahr Store with a bouquet of red roses at the Labour Party`s election vigil at Folkets hus in Oslo, 13 September 2021.

Norway's centre-left Labour Party is set to form a new government after taking the largest share of votes in parliamentary elections Monday, dpa reported. With a preliminary count of the vote some 99% complete, the Labour Party, led by Jonas Gahr Store, took 26.4% of the vote, while the Conservatives, led by PM Erna Solberg, got 20.5%. Solberg conceded defeat late Monday.

The election campaign was tough but good, Solberg said, adding she was proud of what her party had achieved in the last eight years of government. The 60-year-old has been prime minister since 2013.

Store celebrated his party's electoral victory with supporters in Oslo. "We worked hard and now we can finally say - we did it," the 61-year-old said late Monday. Store said the numbers so far pointed towards a solid majority for the centre-left alliance made up of Labour, the Centre Party and the Socialist Left Party.

These three parties garnered a majority of 89 seats in Norway's parliament. At least 85 of 169 seats are needed for a majority.

The three-party constellation is "Plan A," he said, but added he wanted to invite all parties seeking a change in government to talks.

The preliminary results marked losses for both of the two top parties compared to the last parliamentary election four years ago. While Labour saw a slight drop from 27.4 to 26.4%, the Conservatives netted a bigger loss from 25 to 20.5%.

Several smaller parties, on the other hand, were able to make gains. The Centre Party with its candidate Trygve Slagsvold Vedum stood at 13.6%, putting it in third place and almost two percentage points ahead of the right-wing populist Progress Party.

If Store's favoured coalition does not work out, he could also depend on the support of the Greens, currently on 3.8%, and the Red Party, which is on 4.7%.

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