Wednesday, October 20

Polls on a new government begin Thursday. Vedum has opened for SV.


Throughout the election campaign, the Center Party has said that they want a government only with the Labor Party. Now SV will also be included in the polls.

Trygve Slagsvold Vedum is open to talking with SV about possible government cooperation. He told it when he met with the press on Monday afternoon in Vandrehallen in the Storting.

The talks between the Labor Party and the Socialist People’s Party and the Socialist People’s Party, respectively, have entered their second week. The Center Party has so far kept the cards close to its chest. The question has been if they want to speak to SV.

They revealed more on Monday. The Center Party is ready to start polls with the Labor Party and the Socialist People’s Party on the government.

That’s what Trygve Slagsvold Vedum said in the hallway of the Storting.

– Today we had a round in the parliamentary group. We will examine the basis of the negotiations on the government. I have told Støre that SV can be happy to participate, said Vedum.

Labor leader Jonas Gahr Støre is satisfied.

– With the explorations, we can sit together, in peace and quiet without time pressure, with the important issues that need to be raised in the negotiations. We have received an important clarification that they are seated, says Støre.

He says the talks will start in a few days. The Labor Party has a central board meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday.

– On Thursday, I hope we can meet. We have highlighted Hurdalssjøen as a suitable location. They have a collective agreement and a beautiful environment, says Støre.

Vedum still believes that solutions will lie at the intersection between Sp and Ap. Political advances must be decisive.

Vedum briefed Støre shortly before Monday’s press conference about the decision. He also called SV leader Audun Lysbakken on Monday afternoon.

Now it’s Støre’s turn to request surveys.

Vedum says polls will determine the premises that will form the basis for any negotiation.

– I go to the polls hoping for a political breakthrough, said Vedum.

He says that there was unanimity at the central table on this, and that he has received all powers as party leader.

It is Marit Arnstad and Vedum who will represent the Center Party at the polls.

Jonas Gahr Støre met with the press in Vandrehallen at 5pm on Monday.

Lysbakken word button

SV leader Audun Lysbakken met with the party’s central board early Monday. On the driveway, it was clear to him that he is currently not impatient for clarification from Sp.

– We have low shoulders and we are doing well over time. We have respect for the fact that each party must go its own way and I do not mean to emphasize it, he said.

The SV leader would not say if he has had his own conversations with Vedum. Last week, all parties on the red-green side held talks with Labor leader Jonas Gahr Støre.

– Now it is Jonas Gahr Støre who has the initiative in this as the biggest party, and that is how it should be. So it really is up to him to lead the process that can lay the groundwork for any conversation between the parties, Lysbakken said.

NTB announced early Monday that Jonas Gahr Støre has reserved a trading venue. So far it is not known where.

Støre’s goal is to form a new red-green majority government with the Labor Party, the Socialist People’s Party and the Socialist People’s Party.


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