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Norway’s Opposition Gets Second PM Candidate Ahead of Election

  • Center usually backed Labour rather than naming own challenger
  • Center-Labour alliance leads polls ahead of September election
Trygve Slagsvold Vedum
Trygve Slagsvold VedumPhotographer: Fredrik Bjerknes/Bloomberg

Norway’s opposition Center Party named its leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum as a prime ministerial candidate for the upcoming elections, a change from long-standing practice of backing the candidate of its political ally, the Labour Party.

The candidacy of Vedum, Center’s leader since 2014, was announced at the party’s national convention on Saturday. Center, which draws support mostly from rural areas, pledges lower taxes and a reversal of centralization, according to a statement on its website. A Center-Labour government “is the best platform” for a government that would benefit the whole country, it said.