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Early projection gives Norway PM narrow lead in national vote

La Première ministre conservatrice norvégienne Erna Solberg vote à Bergen, le 11 septembre 2017
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The Conservatives and their junior partners were expected to win 86 of the 169 seats in parliament

Norway's governing right-wing bloc led by Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg, took a narrow lead in the country's general election, according to official projections published Monday.

The Conservatives and their junior coalition partner, the anti-immigration Progress Party and two other center-right allies, were seen winning an absolute majority of 86 of the 169 seats in parliament, with almost 40 percent of votes counted.

Much will depend on whether the center-right Liberals and Christian Democrats manage to surpass the crucial threshold of four percent voter support, a level which gives more seats in parliament. Both parties were hovering around that mark in early vote counting.

The left-wing opposition, headed by Labour leader Jonas Gahr Store, together with the Green Party which has ruled out a collaboration with the Progress Party, was meanwhile seen winning 83 seats.

An exit poll published by the daily Verdens Gang and projections calculated by the TV2 television channel also predicted a slight lead for the right-wing parties.

This is a developing story. 

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