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Labour joins the republic bandwagon. Four Labour (Ap) politicians propose ending Norway’s monarchical rule ahead of the Party’s conference, reports say. Marianne Marthinsen, who leads the republic-oriented band of four, says this is the first time Labour Party representatives have suggested this. She did not elaborate which form of republic she wanted, but previous discussions on the subject – that arise from time to time here – have indicated having a symbolic president, which is the position currently held by HRH King Harald V of Norway, by and large.

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Labour joins the republic bandwagon

Published on Tuesday, 19th March, 2013 at 13:01 under the news category, by Asgeir Ueland.

Four Labour (Ap) politicians propose ending Norway’s monarchical rule ahead of the Party’s conference, reports say.

Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja
Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja
Photo: Sølve Sundsbø/The Royal Court


Marianne Marthinsen, who leads the republic-oriented band of four, says this is the first time Labour Party representatives have suggested this.

She did not elaborate which form of republic she wanted, but previous discussions on the subject – that arise from time to time here – have indicated having a symbolic president, which is the position currently held by HRH King Harald V of Norway, by and large.

Tri-partite coalition member the Socialist Left (SV) has led earlier calls for abolishing the monarchy in Norway. At the same time, it is probably unlikely the current suggestion will pass as a resolution at the AP Party conference, according to NRK, as the Labour Party have historically had good relations with kings.

The current Norwegian monarchic line was introduced following a referendum in November 1905, the same year that Norway gained its independence from Sweden post Karlstad negotiations.

259,563 voted in favour and 69,264 against – excluding women, who were not entitled to vote at the time.

Danish Prince Carl – who was married to Maud, one of British Queen Victoria’s daughters – was the man who became king of Norway.

The newly-elected king took the name Haakon VII. King Haakon became immensely popular, particularly after his stand against the Germans during WWII.

His son Olav V ascended to the throne after his father’s death in 1957, with the current king having been monarch since 1991.

Irrespective of either Socialist Left or Labour proposals, the monarchy retains broad public support, as past opinion polls have shown.



Published on Tuesday, 19th March, 2013 at 13:01 under the news category, by Asgeir Ueland.

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