Norway turns left and Jonas Gahr Støre is the image of change. His Labor Party has won the legislative elections held on Monday. It will form a coalition with its allies from the Centrist Party and the Socialist Left Party. These three formations add up to 88 deputies, three above the majority.
The victory of the center-left bloc puts an end to eight years of the Conservative government, headed by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, whose party would be in second position. The xenophobic Progress Party, Solberg’s ally, would drop to fourth position with 20 deputies, seven less than in the previous elections.
The polls had already predicted the defeat of the Conservatives in an election in which more than 40 percent of the voters voted in advance.
The campaign has focused on the powerful oil industry, source of national wealth and prosperity. But both the conservatives and the center-left advocate a gradual move away from fossil fuels and even more so the environmentalists who would have obtained seven seats.