Norway's Political Left Wins General Election, Early Projections Say

Norway's Political Left Wins General Election, Early Projections Say

Andrew H. Sweet

As Norwegians turned out to cast their ballots across the country, fears about climate change put the future of the oil and gas industry at the top of the campaign agenda.

If the results are accurate, she (Former Prime Minister Erna Solberg) looks to be ousted by a left-wing coalition headed by Jonas Gahr Støre, a millionaire ally of former prime minister and now NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg.

Larger parties rarely rule alone in Norway; smaller players are usually required to build a majority coalition, and they can have an outsize influence on the government agenda.

Some, like the Greens, are demanding a more radical severing with the country's dominant industry and income stream. Støre, who campaigned against social inequality -- had rejected this, and a parliamentary majority would strengthen his stance.

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