With 88 seats at the moment, Støre’s Labor party, the likely next prime minister, would even be on its way to an absolute majority with its favorite allies, the center party and the socialist left, without needing the other two opposition forces. , the ecologists from MDG and the communists from Rødt.
Støre, a 61-year-old millionaire, campaigned against social inequality. “I have a good feeling,” Støre said as she cast her vote at an Oslo college on Sunday, as voting opened the day before in major cities. A record number of more than 1.6 million Norwegians, 42.3% of the electorate, resorted to early voting.
The “red alert for humanity” issued in early August by the UN climate experts (IPCC) put global warming at the center of the electoral campaign and forced the country to reflect on the fate of the oil activities that affect it. made immensely rich.
The report encouraged those who, on the left and, to a lesser extent, on the right, want to get rid of oil.
The MDG calls for an immediate halt to all oil exploration and an end to oil exploitation in 2035, an ultimatum rejected by Støre, a Paris political science graduate who was minister with Jens Stoltenberg between 2005 and 2013.
Like the Conservatives, the Labor Party rules out giving up oil profits and advocates a gradual withdrawal.
In Norway, the oil sector represents 14% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), more than 40% of exports and 160,000 direct jobs. Black gold also allowed this country of 5.4 million people to amass the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, with nearly 12 trillion crowns in assets ($ 1.4 trillion).
“The demand for oil is in decline. This happens by itself, by the law of the market. It is not necessary to decree it, but to build bridges towards future activities ”, declared the head of energy of the Labor Party, Espen Barth Eide.
The Norwegian conservatives spent eight years in power, a record, amid multiple crises (from migrants to falling oil prices, to COVID-19).
“I want a more just society with opportunities for everyone, that we strive to put everyone to work. That is priority number one, “Støre said yesterday, also calling for a” just climate policy. ” “We will take all the time necessary to talk with the other parties,” he stressed, a few minutes before the projections were published.
Popular Prime Minister Solberg damaged her image by breaking her own social distancing rules during her 60th anniversary celebration in March, a misstep that also cost her a hefty fine.