Norway’s Labour party holds coalition talks in bid to form government

The Norwegian Labor Party has started talks with its potential coalition partners with the aim of forming a government.

The leaders of the Labor, Center and Socialist Left parties met Thursday in Oslo for the first time after the elections in Norway.

Labor emerged victorious from the September 13 election with 26% of the vote, beating the Conservative Party of Erna Solberg in power since 2013.

Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre is expected to be the country’s next prime minister.

The three center-left parties together hold 89 seats in the Norwegian parliament, four more than necessary for an absolute majority.

A center-left alliance previously ruled Norway between 2005 and 2013, led by current NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

“We’re not going to use too much time, we agree on that,” Støre told reporters on Thursday as he arrived in Oslo for the talks.

“We have not set a deadline, but we want to be efficient and tackle concrete issues quickly,” he added.

The three parties will aim to settle differences in coalition talks on environmental and fiscal issues.

Labor and the Center Party want to cut CO2 emissions by 55% from 1990 by 2030, while the socialist left is aiming for a 70% cut.

The two big parties also want to develop the country’s oil sector, but by reducing emissions and without touching the northernmost areas, while the Socialists want to stop exploration activity.

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