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Norway's Liberals on verge of joining government -sources

Norway's Liberals on verge of joining government -sources
Conservative Party - Erna Solberg - Liberal Party - Minority Government - Norway - NRK - Progress Party - Reuters
January 12

OSLO, Jan 12 (Reuters) - A decision on whether to include the centrist Liberal Party in Norway's coalition will be made by Monday, two sources said, adding that talks between it and the minority government were advancing faster than planned.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg's administration consists of her Conservative Party and the smaller right-wing Progress Party.

Adding the Liberals would make day-to-day governing easier for Solberg, but the three parties together would still hold only 80 seats in Norway's 169-seat assembly and need support from the Christian Democrats to pass legislation.

A deadline of Jan. 19 had been set for the talks, but they were progressing faster than planned, the sources said.

While the Christian Democrats, who hold eight seats, back the prime minister on fiscal matters, they have rejected overtures to enter government.

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