‘Greens’ party rakes in support

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It was just last fall that Norway’s “Greens” party (Miljøpartiert de grønne) finally won a seat in Parliament. Now, eight months later, they’ve raked in enough support to claim seven seats if an election were to be held today.

That’s the indication from the latest public opinion poll, for state broadcaster NRK, that shows the Greens with 4.1 percent of the vote. That’s up from 3.7 percent last month and the 2.8 percent of the vote that they won in September.

“That’s great, but our goal is much higher,” Rasmus Hansson, the Greens lone Member of Parliament told NRK on Friday. It became an especially good day for Hansson and the environmentally oriented party he represents, after the Greens and all other opposition parties in Parliament formed a majority to force electrification of the major new oil field under development in the North Sea. That’s the only way, they claim, for oil-producing Norway to meet its goals for emission cuts.

Meanwhile, Hansson said the party is setting its sights on gaining more momentum at the local level as well. “The trend is moving up,” he told NRK. “Now we don’t have any excuse not to get more seats in local governments in 2015, and get more seats in the parliamentary election in 2017.”

newsinenglish.no staff