Anti-immigration party eyes power in Norway

Progress Party likely to share power as part of centre-right coalition following parliamentary polls currently underway.

    Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's ruling coalition has been trailing in opinion polls for months [Reuters]
    Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's ruling coalition has been trailing in opinion polls for months [Reuters]

    Polls have opened across Norway for parliamentary elections that could land the anti-immigration Progress Party in government and lead to a change of power in the oil-rich Nordic country for the first time since 2005.

    Polls close at 19:00 GMT, when several exit polls - which have proved accurate in the past - will be published. Indicative results are expected around 22:00 GMT on Monday.

    Despite Norway's strong economy and low unemployment, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's ruling, centre-left coalition has been trailing in opinion polls for months ahead of election day.

    The Progress Party appears likely to come into power for the first time as part of a centre-right coalition led by Erna Solberg's Conservative Party.

    It is the first parliamentary election since a heavily-armed Anders Behring Breivik bombed Oslo and killed 77 people on an island in 2011.

    Thirty-three survivors of the massacre on Utoya island, mostly teen members of the Labor Party youth wing, are seeking national office in the election.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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