Norway PM hints on continuing coalition after election

Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg, right, celebrates after the election with Minister of Health and Care Services, Bernt Hoie, left and Minister of Local Government and Modernisation, Jan Tore Sanner, in Oslo, Norway, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Erna Solberg hinted Tuesday her two-party minority coalition could continue but stopped short of saying whether it should expanded with its traditional support parties. (Terje Pedersen/ NTB scanpix via AP)

COPENHAGEN - Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg hinted Tuesday her two-party minority coalition could continue in power, but stopped short of saying whether it could be expanded by including traditional support parties.

Solberg says the four centre-right parties should "talk" after Monday's election that saw them mustering a majority of 89 seats in the 169-seat parliament, the Storting.

She declined to say whether her Conservatives and the anti-immigration Progress Party would continue as a coalition for the next four years with the support of the Liberals and the Christian Democrats, or include them in a new government.

The leftist Labor Party remained Norway's largest party, but its likely coalition partners didn't get enough seats to put the left in power.

Turnout was 77.6 per cent of Norway's 3.76 million voters.


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