Norway PM Solberg to form majority government
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OSLO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Norway's minority centre-right
government has struck a deal with the small Christian Democratic
Party to form a four-party majority coalition, it said on
Thursday, confirming earlier reports.
The agreement fulfils a long-standing goal of Conservative
Prime Minister Erna Solberg, in power since 2013, who hopes
ruling in a majority will provide stability and help ease her
path to re-election in 2021.
"We had tough negotiations," Solberg said, celebrating the
pact alongside leaders of her existing partners the Progress
Party and the Liberal Party as well as the Christian Democrats.
She said the government would focus on a "sustainable
welfare society", help combat climate change, reduce taxes for
small and medium businesses, strengthen family and children's
rights, and ensure stronger security for all.
The three parties also agreed to slight changes in abortion
laws at the demand of the Christian Democrats.
Recent opinion polls have shown a majority of voters backing
the Labour-led centre-left opposition.
(Reporting by Camilla Knudsen and Alister Doyle, editing by
Terje Solsvik and Andrew Cawthorne)
First Published: 2019-01-17 22:33:21
Updated 2019-01-17 23:05:48
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