Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The socialists have won

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With 79% of the votes counted, it seems inevitable that the socialists will take a majority of the Members of Parliament (MPs) , with 88 of 169 members. Current prime minister, Kjell Magne Bondevik (left) from the Christian Democratic party has promised his resignation tomorrow if the result holds.

The leader of the Labour Party, Jens Stoltenberg (right), will now try to form a new government with his two coalition parties, Socialist Left and the Farmers Party. The latter has been in coalitions with the centre-right parties and Conservative party previously, while Labour and Socialist Left have never been in coalition before. In fact, Socialist Left has never had power at all! Negotiations over a cabinet program will start at the end of this week, and the question that naturally arises, is: How will they be able to agree on the many unsolved and controversial differences between the parties?

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