Coalition must be beneficial: Norway’s PM Solberg as negotiations begin

Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg said that parties in the coalition government will have the opportunity to see parts of their manifestos realised, should an agreement be reached for collaboration.

Coalition must be beneficial: Norway’s PM Solberg as negotiations begin
L-R: Trine Skei Grande, Erna Solberg, Siv Jensen. Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB scanpix

The PM made the statement as negotiations over the coalition between her Conservative (Høyre) party and the Liberal (Venstre) and Progress (Fremskrittspartiet) got underway on Tuesday, reports newspaper VG.

Solberg added that it remained uncertain whether an agreement would actually be reached, according to the report.

Liberal leader Trine Skei Grande and Siv Jensen of the Progress Party are at the Jeløy Radio Hotel this week to thrash out a deal with Solberg over the makeup of the new government.

The prime minister stressed the potential benefits for coalition parties as she headed into the negotiations on Tuesday.

“All three parties must see that they will be about to get more from being part of the government than from not being part of the government. They must be able to get results on important issues for their parties, but at the same time we must reach overall agreement,” she said according to VG’s report.

“It is not certain we will agree,” she added.

No further announcements over the ongoing negotiations are expected before Thursday.

Talks between the leaders are starting later than usual, given that Solberg was re-elected almost four months ago, when she defeated Labour’s Jonas Gahr Støre in the September 11th general election. The delay is due in part to the decision of Christian Democratic Party leader Knut Arild Hareide not to be part of the government. Hareide said that the politics of his party and the Progress Party were too different for a four party coalition including the Christian Democrats — which Solberg had favoured — to be viable.

“We know each other well and much of our politics pulls in the same direction. But we also know that there are areas that will be difficult and demanding to reach agreement on,” Jensen said on her way into negotiations, according to NRK.

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