‘Right’s broken dream’

Published on 1 October 2013 at 10:07

After three weeks of negotiations, the leader of the Conservative Party, Erna Solberg, who won September 9 elections has not succeeded in forming a government with her political allies, reports Aftenposten. Only the populist Progress Party has agreed to participate in the administration, which means that the government will have 77 of the 169 seats in the Norwegian parliament. However, the Christian democrats and the liberals, who formed part of the right-wing alliance that won the elections, have decided that their 19 representatives in parliament will only offer external support to the future administration.

The Conservatives and the populists have agreed to shelve plans to drill for oil off the Lofoten archipelago. They also plan to cut wealth taxes, and to implement a more restrictive immigration policy while, at the same time, granting an amnesty to the children of asylum seekers.

Aftenposten has not ruled out the possibility that the Christian democrats and the Liberals will enter the government later, as they did in the 1980s —

The right’s dream of a conservative union has not been laid to rest, in spite of – or rather because of – yesterday’s failure.

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