Norwegian Ruling Coalition Survives Elections

Sept. 15, 2009, midnight

With nearly 100 percent of votes counted in September 14's parliamentary elections, Norway's ruling red-green coalition has become the country’s first government in 16 years to renew its mandate. With 86 of 169 seats, Prime Minister Jens STOLTENBERG'S government is likely to hold a one-seat majority in the country’s effectively unicameral legislature. Earlier in August, a needs assessment report by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe criticized the country for its bans on television advertising and refusing nominations, candidate involvement in election administration, and deliberate malapportionment to benefit regions farther from Oslo.

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