Norway conservatives win close election

Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg has declared victory in the country’s parliamentary election. The tight run race has seen a centre-right coalition emerge victorious. Jacob Greaves reports.

OSLO, NORWAY (Reuters, EDDA ACCOMMODATION) – Norway’s self-styled stability candidate taking to the stage after winning re-election.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg is set to lead a centre-right coalition after triumphing in Monday’s vote.

Initial results have her Conservative party edging it – only with the backing of three other parties.

The ruling minority coalition are set to secure a slender majority.

A beaming Solberg told supporters it looked like a ‘clear victory for the centre-right’.

On the night her main rivals the Labour party failed to win enough seats for an outright majority.

But they are still set to remain the largest party in Norway.

And Solberg’s win looks tainted by a slight fall in the number of Conservative seats.

That will likely mean more reliance on her coalition partners.

It is still unclear whether their backing will come via a firm agreement or on a case-by-case basis.

But for Europe’s top oil and gas producer – energy might become a flashpoint.

To pass legislation she will need the support of two green-minded allies.

One wants to limit oil and gas exploration in the Arctic.

Her second term might prove more problematic.

But for the tax-cutting prime minister, it has also started on a historic note.

She is the first head of a Conservative-led government to win re-election in over 30 years.