Conservative Party leader, Erna Solberg became Norway’s new prime minister as the leader of a centre-right coalition government.
Preliminary results from the country’s parliamentary elections showed that the Conservative Party won 26.8% of the votes, the best result for the party in 28 years. The voting took place on Monday, September 9.
By forming a coalition with the progressists, liberals and christian-democrats, the new government will achieve 54.2% of the votes (99 seats in Parliament).
According to the projections of the Norwegian Statistics Institute, the coalition led by the Labour Party and former prime minister Jens Stoltenberg, fell short with only 40.5% of the votes (69 seats in Parliament).
In his defeat speech, the current prime minister, Jens, Stoltenberg, who will leave the government on October 14, said that the Labor Party tried “to do what almost no one has done, to win three elections in a row, but it turned out to be tough”.
Solberg, nicknamed ‘Iron Erna’, will be Norway’s second female prime minister after Gro Harlem Brundtland.