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Norway’s Labor and Center parties to form a minority government

Four weeks after finishing first in a national election, Norway’s Labor Party has struck a deal with the Center Party to form a minority government.

Labor leader Jonas Gahr Støre will therefore become prime minister next week, replacing Erna Solberg from the Conservative Party, Reuters reported.

The Labor Party won the election with 26.3 percent of the vote, with the Center Party finishing third with 20.4 percent. On Wednesday, the new government will present details on its plans.

Labor could have formed a majority government if it secured the support of other left-leaning parties, but was unable to do so after talks also involving the Socialists collapsed due to disagreements on climate policy, particularly Norway’s oil industry, and taxation.

In Norway, minority governments are common. Solberg governed atop a minority government for most of her term since 2013.



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