Left-wing Jonas Gahr Støre looks set to head new coalition government in Norway

Norway's left-wing opposition appears to have won the country's general election, according to projections released as polls closed at 2100 CET on Monday.

Early results indicate the end of the centre-right government's eight-year rule under Prime Minister Erna Solberg, following a campaign dominated by the future of the oil industry.

If the results are accurate, she looks set to be ousted by a left-wing coalition headed by Jonas Gahr Støre.

Projections suggest that the five opposition parties should take 104 of the 169 seats in the Storting, the Norwegian parliament, enough to oust Solberg's conservative coalition.

With 88 seats at the moment, Støre's Labour Party could even win an absolute majority with his allies from the Socialist Left and Centre Party, without needing the help of the Communists and the Greens.

Opinion polls in the run-up to the vote predicted the election would be a setback for the incumbent Conservative government.

Foto: Daniel Rayner, Arbeiderpartiet (under licence).

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