Norway's left-leaning government narrowly won re-election after using oil money to shield the Nordic welfare state from the global recession, official results showed Tuesday.
Benefiting from a splintered opposition, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's Labor-led coalition became the first Norwegian government to survive an election in 16 years.
With 99.9 percent of votes counted, Stoltenberg's three-party bloc had secured 86 seats to keep a slim majority in the 169-seat Parliament. The opposition won 83 seats, according to the initial count. A final tally was expected later this week.
The 50-year-old prime minister stopped short of declaring victory as the race remained close late Monday, but said "it looks like we can continue" in power.
Opposition leaders conceded they did not win enough votes to oust the government.
Last Mod: 15 Eylül 2009, 16:33