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Oslo Conservatives Reach Agreement to Form Coalition in Capital

October 24, 2011

Oct. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Oslo’s Conservative Party agreed to form a government with the Liberal Party and the Christian Democrats after more than a month of talks to cobble together a ruling coalition in the Norwegian capital.

Talks were “good and constructive” and a platform will be presented on Wednesday, Stian Berger Roesland, the Conservative head of the city council, said today in a statement on the local government’s website.

The coalition won 28 seats out of 59 in the city council in nationwide municipal elections on Sept. 12, according to the Local Government and Regional Development Ministry’s website. The Progress Party, which ruled with the Conservatives over the past four years and is now out of government, holds four seats.

The Conservative Party surged in last month’s local elections, cementing its hold on Oslo and Bergen.

--Editor: Jonas Bergman, Tasneem Brogger

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