Norway's New PM: 'Iron Erna'
Conservative Party's Erna Solberg will likely form coalition with anti-immigration party
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 9, 2013 7:24 PM CDT
Erna Solberg, leader of the Conservative party, smiles and accepts the cheers from her supporters at the post election vigil for the Conservative party.   (AP Photo / Cornelius Poppe / Scanpix)

(Newser) – Conservative Party leader Erna Solberg—nicknamed "Iron Erna"—will become Norway's new prime minister as the leader of a center-right coalition government likely including an anti-immigration party. Preliminary results from the oil-rich Nordic country's parliamentary elections shows the Conservative Party got 26.8% of votes, the best result for the party in 28 years. Solberg, who will be Norway's second female prime minister after Gro Harlem Brundtland, thanked the voters today for a historic victory.

"The voters had the choice between 12 years of red-green government or a new government with new ideas and new solutions," said Solberg. The Conservative Party has said for the first time that it is prepared to form a coalition government with the anti-immigration Progress Party, which was the third biggest party in the election. Solberg will now likely begin negotiations with them, as well as with the Liberal Party and the Christian Democrats.

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RAD45
Sep 10, 2013 1:31 PM CDT
I'm thinking the GOP might take notes on how Norway manages to elect a new Prime Minister with only 26% of the total vote! If the GOP mainstrean could forge a coalition with the Tea Party, the Gun Party, the Anti- Abortion Party, the anti-Immigration Party and the Anti-Vote Party, they might have a chance to capture the White House! OR they could just engineer another appeal to the Supreme Court.
orlandojonny
Sep 10, 2013 8:06 AM CDT
Just in case you haven't noticed, the only countries doing better in the EU have conservatives back in charge. We can could go either way, choose economic collapse with another liberal after Obama, or seek out a true conservative. That will be hard since we have so many RINO's still hanging on.
NoFun
Sep 10, 2013 4:06 AM CDT
They will be sorry. Iron Enema? Sounds painful.