The red-green parties secured a majority. Now, it’s time for government negotiations

Jonas Gahr StørePhoto: Javad Parsa / NTB
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On Tuesday, Labor Party (AP) Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre will gather the party leadership and central board to discuss the way forward towards a new government. Then he will talk to the Center Party’s (SP) leader.

With 99.7% of the votes counted, it is clear that the Labor Party, the SP, and the Socialist Left Party (SV) will get a majority in the Storting with 89 seats.

“Now, I will talk to my own party – the party leadership and the central board – tomorrow. Then it is natural that we start talking to the Center Party. Then, the SV, and in the end the Red Party and the Green Party,” Støre told NTB on Tuesday.

Støre: The talks are not underway

The AP’s party leader believes that all parties need some time to go over their positions. 

“We have a great responsibility now: We have gained a large majority. Some choices must be made. But I think everyone needs to feel that responsibility. We will have a good process to form a new government, and the (negotiation of) issues will come in the next round,” Støre said.

At the same time, he said that the talks are not yet underway.

“No, they are not. We very much agree that we should rest now. And I think all party leaders will discuss the results with their parties.”

Better than expected

The Labor Party’s leader was greeted by a large press corps when he returned to his home west of Oslo on Tuesday. He said he would probably go to sleep right away and not celebrate with a drink.

With 99.7% of all votes counted, the Labor Party has received 26.4% of the vote. That is a decrease of 1% from the election four years ago but is still significantly better than what the party was supposed to get according to opinion polls.

Both the SV and the AP have central board meetings at 2 PM on Tuesday, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reports.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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