The Center Party (SP) has decided to pick party leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum as its prime ministerial candidate.
Thus, there will be two prime ministerial candidates on the red-green side, and Vedum will be a notable competitor to Labor Party (AP) leader Jonas Gahr Støre in the battle to become Norway’s next prime minister after the election this autumn.
The question of the prime ministerial candidacy has left a clear mark on the SP national assembly this weekend.
A large number of delegates went out openly on Friday and said that Vedum should be selected as the party’s prime ministerial candidate. On Sunday, that was formally proposed by Marit Arnstad – to standing ovations. The party adopted the proposal.
Tensions between SP and AP
For several months, Vedum has refused to answer questions about his own prime ministerial ambitions, but he has also not stated that the SP supports Støre as a prime ministerial candidate.
The question became relevant when the Center Party became more popular than the Labor Party in several polls last autumn.
In the Poll of polls average calculation of the national opinion polls in May, the Labor Party had 24% of support, while the Center Party had 16.5%.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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