Christian democrats Norway loses seats in parliament


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KrF leader Ropstad will keep his seat in parliament but lose his position in government as minister. Photo Jakob Bjørnøy

The Norwegian Christian democratic party KrF did not get enough votes to remain a strong parliament party. With 3.8 per cent of the votes, the party finished just below the threshold of 4 per cent, in the parliamentary elections on Monday.

Nonetheless was the party able to keep three of the eight seats. Those seats are personal seats of candidates in districts. If the party had won 4 per cent, the group would have got eight seats.

Party leader Kjell Ingolf Ropstad said that he would remain in the lead. He meant there are “good chances” to be elected in the next parliament again, in 2025, he says in the Christian daily <a href=" Dagen." target="_blank">https://www.dagen.no/nyheter/se-ropstad-kommentere-valgresultatet-i-opposisjon-kan-vi-reindyrke-krf/). And in Vart Land he said: “We will do what we can in the next few years to mark a clearer KrF profile and not least spread the party.”

The party had an internal conflict in 2018 between a group that sought cooperation with the left and the Ropstad group that joined the coalition of the Solberg government.

Former MP and KrF government minister Einar Steensnaes says in the Christian newspaper <a href=" Vart Land" target="_blank">https://www.vl.no/nyheter/2021/09/14/krf-nestor-peiker-pa-retningsval-som-grunn-til-nederlag/) that the conflict in the party is the reason for this loss. “With a united party, I think we had crossed the barrier.” He supported the choice for the red-green side in 2018.

New prime minister

The elections on Monday were the end of the conservative coalition government of prime minister Solberg also. The elections were won by the social democratic party of Jonas Gahr Støre, the likely new prime minister.



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