|Conservatives is the big winners of municipal and county elections in Norway.|
| [13.09.2011, 06:39am, Tue. GMT]|
|Norwegians voted yesterday in local elections for the first time since Anders Behring Breivik’s deadly rampage in July, in polls seen as a test of their commitment to the democratic system he detested. The Conservative Party (Høyre) and the Labour Party (AP) are the big winners of Monday's municipal and county elections in Norway. The right wing Progress Party (FrP) and the Socialist Left (SV) are the losers. |
Tuesday morning, after 98.5 per cent of the votes had been counted, Høyre had received around 28 per cent of the votes, nationwide, up 8.8 percentage points from the municipal election in 2007.
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's Labour (AP) is still the nation's largest party, with 31.6 per cent of the votes, up 2 points.
The right wing Progress Party (FrP) drops 6.1 points, to 11.5 per cent.
The Agrarians (Senterpartiet), one of the three government coalition partners, drops 1.1 points, to 6.8 per cent. The Liberal Left (Venstre) gains 0.4 points, and received 6.2 per cent of the votes.
The Christian Democrats (KrF) lost 0.7 points, and have the support of 5.6 per cent of the voters. The Socialist Left (SV), the second coalition party, drops 2 points, to 4 per cent. Red won 1.5 per cent of the votes, down 0.2 percentage points.
SV leader resigns
The leader of the Socialist Left Party (SV), Kristin Halvorsen, on Monday night announced that she would be stepping down in the spring. The election returns confirmed the poor results of polls over the past year.
Public court appearance for Norway gunman
The self-confessed killer of 77 people in Norway in July will appear in public for the first time at his next court hearing in Oslo on September 19, the court has said. Rejecting a police request for a closed-door hearing, as in previous court appearances, the judge ruled that the media, relatives of the victims, survivors and other people concerned will be able to attend next week's hearing dealing with the conditions of Anders Behring Breivik's detention.