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
Conservative 'Iron Erna' is Norway's New PM
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.

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"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. (Read more Norway stories.)

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