Norway election: Defeat likely for centre-left incumbents
OSLO (AFP) - Norwegians started voting on Monday in elections likely to lead to a governing coalition of Conservatives and anti-immigrant populists, two years after Muslim-hating Anders Behring Breivik's deadly rampage.
Incumbent Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, also the leader of the Labour Party, was widely expected to be voted out of power, even though the self-described "optimist by nature" still struck an upbeat note on Monday.
"It won't be easy to win the election, but it's possible," he told national news network TV 2 Nyhetskanalen shortly after voting started.
The last pre-election opinion poll, published on Sunday by the daily Aftenposten, showed 54.3 per cent of voters backed the four centre-right parties currently in the opposition. That would give them a comfortable majority of 95 of 169 seats in Parliament.