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SV lacks support for F35 audit

Neither the Labour Party nor the Conservative Party will support a proposal by the Social Left Party (SV) to order a parliamentary audit of the government’s handling of a huge, looming order for 56 F35 fighter jets from US contractor Lockheed Martin.

SV, which is a member of the government coalition itself, had proposed a probe into the deal by state auditor Riksrevisjonen, because the total price tag for the jets remains unclear. The proposal came from Hallgeir Langeland, a longtime Member of Parliament for SV.

But while the conservative Progress Party and other parties seemed interested in examining the deal before committing Norway to its largest single purchase in history, the lack of support from Labour and the Conservatives means it won’t get the majority it needs for approval.

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