Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg ‘claims victory’ in election
A strong attempt from a self-styled Viking Margaret Thatcher to complete a take-over for the Right in Scandinavia failed last night, according to provisional results from Norway’s close-run election.
Siv Jensen, 40, the leader of the populist Progress Party, who has modelled herself on the former British leader, received a surge in support on the back of her polarising rhetoric blaming immigrants for crime and sponging off the state.
But the ruling left-of-centre coalition of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, 50, did enough to win a second term for his red-green coalition with the narrowest of margins.
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