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Norway Rightwing victory a possibile triumph for multiculturalism. UPDATED: A win for opposition parties could be best chance for fairer representation, reports suggest. Voters wishing to see parliament represent the true diversity of the Norwegian population should vote for current opposition parties, according to new research carried out by NRK. The state broadcaster analysed the names of 360 candidates whose names have been added to the parties’ lists for the general election in 2013.

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Norway Rightwing victory a possibile triumph for multiculturalism

Published on Wednesday, 21st November, 2012 at 13:29 under the news category, by Ben McPherson.
Last Updated on 21st November 2012 at 20:47.

UPDATED: A win for opposition parties could be best chance for fairer representation, reports suggest.

Main chamber of the Norwegian Parliament
Main chamber of the Norwegian Parliament
Photo: Allison Harger/Flickr


Voters wishing to see parliament represent the true diversity of the Norwegian population should vote for current opposition parties, according to new research carried out by NRK.

The state broadcaster analysed the names of 360 candidates whose names have been added to the parties’ lists for the general election in 2013.

It concludes that Norway still has a long way to go before the 13 per cent minority ethnic population is fairly represented in parliament. This would require 22 of 169 MPs to be from immigrant families.

However, NRK claims that a win for the so-called red-green alliance between the Labour Party (Ap), the Socialist Left party (V) and the Centre Party (Sp) could produce fewer minority ethnic members of parliament than a rightwing victory.

No figures for the outcomes discussed are given. This makes the quality of the research difficult to analyse. At the same time, the broadcaster points out that the following candidates would be likely to gain a seat in the event of a rightwing coalition victory comprising Progress (Frp), the Conservatives (H) and the Liberal Party (V):

  • Maziar Keshvari is under consideration by the Frp for third place on the party list. This would guarantee him a seat in parliament.
  • Afshan Rafiq, who is active in local politics in Oslo, may be nominated by the Conservative Party.
  • Himanshu Gulati (Frp) may find his strong standing in local politics translates into a parliamentary seat.
  • Abid Raja (V) tops his party’s list and is guaranteed a seat whoever wins in 2013

On the red-green side:

  • Culture minister Hadia Tadjik (Ap) has been re-nominated, and is guaranteed a seat in the next parliament whatever the outcome.
  • Akhtar Chaudry (V) is competing for first place on his party’s list, which would give him an automatic seat.
  • Prableen Kaur (Ap), the 19-year-old who survived the Utøya massacre, may gain a seat, even if the Labour Party loses power.

But the Institute for Labour and Social Research (FAFO) is critical of gap between rhetoric and action. Speaking to NRK, Head of Research Jon Rogstad said, “It’s interesting to see that they haven’t got any further than this, and that’s even clearer when they criticise employers throughout the country, saying they have to speed up and be more inclusive, and make minority ethnic employees into managers.

“We know that having minority candidates to vote for increases participation from minority groups.”



Published on Wednesday, 21st November, 2012 at 13:29 under the news category, by Ben McPherson.
Last updated on 21st November 2012 at 20:47.

This post has the following tags: norwaymulticulturalism, norwaypolitics.





  
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