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Norway waiting to hear if favourite Erna Solberg has ousted Jens Stoltenberg in election


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Norway waiting to hear if favourite Erna Solberg has ousted Jens Stoltenberg in election

Norway is close to finding out who its next prime minster will be.

Conservative Erna Solberg is widely tipped to win.

If she does triumph she’ll replace Jens Stoltenberg centre-left coalition, in office since 2005.

Solberg said: “ I haven’t really thought about being prime minister tomorrow, I’ve been thinking more about the political work we’ll do in the coming years.”

Stoltenberg has been accused of wasting a once-in-a-lifetime economic boom.

A flourishing offshore oil sector has helped boosted Norway’s coffers.

But critics believe he has not made the most of it.

“For a country claiming to be one of the richest in the world, our health system is quite awful and the roads are terrible,” Oslo office clerk Marcus Holm said. “After eight years it’s just enough (of Stoltenberg).”

Solberg may have to form a coalition with the anti-immigration Progress Party to secure her win.

Progress has fought to shake off former links with extremist Andreas Brevik, who killed 77 people in 2011.

This is Norway’s first election since the atrocity

Election results are expected around 11pm CET.

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