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Norway's Solberg Tightens Political Grip After Winning Key Vote

  • Christian Democrats voted against siding with opposition
  • Solberg’s dream of a majority government is now in reach
Erna Solberg
Erna SolbergPhotographer: Kyrre Lien/Bloomberg
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Norway’s conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg is set to firm up her grip over Scandinavia’s richest nation after loyalists in a support party defeated a proposal that risked toppling her coalition.

After a month of contentious debate, the Christian Democrats on Friday voted against a proposal to side with the opposition, which would have effectively ousted Solberg. Instead, a majority backed an alternative to start talks on joining the government, which would give the 57-year-old the majority she has craved over the past five years.