Erna Solberg wants re-election

Prime Minister Erna SolbergPrime Minister Erna Solberg.Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB scanpix

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Prime Minister Erna Solberg (Conservative Party) has informed the nomination committee for Vestland Conservatives that she wants to run for re-election for four new years at the Storting election.

– I have had a long life in politics, much longer than I had planned, says Solberg to NTB.

– I sit as Prime Minister, have said yes to continue as party leader and hope to win another election. Then I would also be a parliamentary representative, she adds.

The nomination committee for Vestland Conservatives received her answer on Monday. Solberg has been elected to the Storting from Hordaland, which has been maintained as a constituency, since 1989. She has been Prime Minister since 2013 and Conservative’s leader since 2004.

In the autumn of 2021, voters will decide what the Storting will look like in the years from 2021-2025.

Much undone
With two electoral victories in a row, the 59-year-old Solberg has long since secured a place on the list of Høyre’s most successful politicians. Last year she also fulfilled her long-standing dream to form full non-socialist coalition when the Right, Progress Party, Left and KrF joined forces in government.

But it didn’t last long. In January, Frp withdrew from the coalition.

– I mean I still have a lot of work to do in Norwegian politics. The exciting thing about politics is that new challenges are constantly emerging, says Solberg about the motivation to go for another four years.

Doesn’t the Conservative party also have a need for renewal?

– Everyone has to think about making them superfluous over time, says Solberg.

She points out that the long-time deputy chair Bent Høie has said no to re-election in order to become County Governor for Rogaland.

Crisis after crisis
As Prime Minister, Erna Solberg has had to deal with the oil crisis in 2014 and the migration crisis the following year. For the past two months, the outbreak of Coronavirus has demanded massive efforts by the government.

– We are in the middle of both how to safeguard life and health, but also how to reopen Norway and build Norway for the future. The latter will last beyond 2021, Solberg notes.

She highlights the transition to a greener society, job creation in the private sector and the need to bring more Norwegians who are out of work, back into work, as key challenges for the times to come.

Now it is important that no more than the 400,000 people who are already laid off during the Coronary pandemic will remain unemployed when the acute health crisis is over.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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