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Norway’s Prime Minister Loses Majority After Populist Partner Quits

  • Finance minister and her Progress Party leave over ISIS case
  • PM Solberg may find it more difficult to govern with minority
Erna Solberg

Erna Solberg

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Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg lost her majority coalition after her main ally quit the government to protest the repatriation of a woman who’d joined Islamic State.

The prime minister, who leads the Conservative Party, will continue to run a minority coalition without the anti-immigration Progress Party. Though she avoided a total government collapse, Solberg now faces a tougher future getting legislation through a more fractious parliament. Progress Party Leader Siv Jensen, who was also Norway’s finance minister, made clear she’s sick of political compromise and will now pursue a much harder line to defend her populist program.