Bittersweet election victory for Norway PM

2017-09-13 01:07:57 GMT2017-09-13 09:07:57(Beijing Time) Agencies

After clinching a narrow victory in Norway's legislative elections, Prime Minister Erna Solberg embarks on a historic but fragile second mandate, with a weaker majority and less conciliatory allies.

A popular and experienced 56-year-old politician, Solberg is the first Conservative in oil-rich Norway to win a second straight mandate in more than 30 years.

In Monday's nail-biting ­election, her coalition - made up of the Conservatives and the mildly populist anti-­immigration Progress Party - and two smaller center-right allies took home a thin ­majority of 89 of the 169 seats in ­parliament.

"We received a new mandate for four more years because we delivered results, we delivered what we promised," Solberg told cheering supporters late Monday as she claimed victory.

The Conservatives campaigned on a vow to pursue further tax cuts.

The opposition, led by Labour leader Jonas Gahr Store, wanted to raise taxes, especially for the richest, to reduce inequalities in society and beef up the Norwegians' cherished welfare state.

Credited with ­successfully steer the country - ­Western ­Europe's biggest crude ­producer - through the oil ­industry slump and the ­migrant crisis, Solberg now looks set to have her work cut out for her, simple math shows.

With 95 percent of votes counted on Tuesday, the right-wing bloc was shown losing seven seats in the new parliament.

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