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Election 2009: Labour holds government. Party increases parliamentary seats. The voters have delivered their verdict. Norway is to continue with a red-green social-democratic government for another four years. The historic victory for Stoltenberg makes him the first prime minister to be re-elected since Gro Harlem Brundtland’s government in the 1990s.Strength and unity As well as results, the Norwegian papers have many theories as to how Stoltenberg managed to pull it off, despite this election having seen the lowest voter participation since 1927.

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Election 2009: Labour holds government

Published on Tuesday, 15th September, 2009 at 12:07 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 15th September 2009 at 14:47.

Party increases parliamentary seats.

Lion sculpture outside parliament
Lion sculpture outside parliament
Photo: John Erling Blad/Wikimedia Commons


The voters have delivered their verdict. Norway is to continue with a red-green social-democratic government for another four years. The historic victory for Stoltenberg makes him the first prime minister to be re-elected since Gro Harlem Brundtland’s government in the 1990s.

Strength and unity

As well as results, the Norwegian papers have many theories as to how Stoltenberg managed to pull it off, despite this election having seen the lowest voter participation since 1927.

But it’s clear that the voters have reacted positively both to his strong leadership skills, and to his ability to bring unity -- especially in relation to the non-socialists, who never quite seemed to be able to resolve their differences about governmental alternatives.

“A continued red-green coalition is a triumph, not least for Jens Stoltenberg, who has appeared as being generous and unifying in relation to the government’s two junior partners (SV, Sp). The party’s message has been a steady course and firm control, and this has received voter confidence,” writes John Olav Egeland, in his commentary in Dagbladet.

Rogalands Avis however, in today’s leader, writes that it believes it was Stoltenberg’s successful handling of the economic crisis. -- the effects of which have been relatively mild in Norway up to now -- that helped secure him and his party victory.

Revival

“At the beginning of this decade Ap was in danger of losing its traditional role as the dominant force in Norwegian politics”, Kjetil Wiedswang in Dagens Næringsliv reminds his readers.

“This is a question that nobody poses today, five months before Stoltenberg celebrates his tenth anniversary as parliamentary leader. He has secured Ap’s position in Norway, at the same time as their social-democratic brothers’ parties are in the middle of a crisis that could colour western Europe blue after the German election in two weeks and the British one next year.”

Winning formula

“We’ve been successful on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. In addition, we have been on people’s doorsteps, in the streets, and met people. This reflects Ap well: We are good at combining the traditional and the modern,” Stoltenberg himself tells Stavanger Aftenblad.

According to the paper, it was both the party’s strength of voter canvassing, and the addition of 4,000 new members so far this year that paid off. Apparently, their members have knocked on 369,000 doors, and handed out 745,000 roses.

Here are the updated national results so far:

PARTY

PERCENTAGE OF VOTES

CHANGE

NUMBER OF VOTES

NUMBER OF SEATS

CHANGE

Ap (Labour Party)

35.4%

+2.7%

937,401

64

+3

FrP (Progress Party)

22.9%

+0.9%

607,371

41

+3

H (Conservative Party)

17.2%

+3.1%

456,042

30

+7

SV (Socialist Left Party)

6.1%

-2.7%

162,765

11

-4

Sp (Centre Party)

6.2%

-0.3%

164,183

11

None

KrF (Christian Democratic Party)

5.6%

-1.2%

147,554

10

-1

V (Liberal Party)

3.8%

-2.1%

102,029

2

-8

RV (Communist Party)

1.3%

+0.1%

34,868

None

None

Others

1.3%

-0.4%

35,582

None

None

 



Published on Tuesday, 15th September, 2009 at 12:07 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 15th September 2009 at 14:47.

This post has the following tags: norwegian, norway, general, election, 2009, labour, party, arbeiderpartiet, jens, stoltenberg, prime, mininster.





  
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