Ola Borten Moe Wins Leadership in Norway Center Party

Ola Borten Moe has been elected as the leader of Sp at the extraordinary congress in Lillestrøm on Monday.

In total 302 votes were casted. Borten Moe got 160 votes, while Anne Beathe Tvinnereim got 142.

Anne Beathe Tvinnereim was later elected as 2nd Deputy Chairman of the party by receiving 232 votes against Janne Sjelmo Nordås who received 70 votes.

About Moe

Ola Borten Moe (born 6 June 1976) is a Norwegian politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for the Centre Party. He served as Minister of Petroleum and Energy from 2011 to 2013. He is the grandson of former Prime Minister Per Borten.

Since the turning towards the left of the Centre Party in the 2000s, Borten Moe is regarded as being among the “centrist” wing of the party, and has been claimed to have the ambition of moving the party back towards the right. He holds many traditional Centre Party issues strongly, such as opposition to the European Union. He also believes that too much power, funds and competence have been centralised in the area surrounding the capital, Oslo.

In October 2009, he traveled to Denmark to study the asylum policies of the country. He then said that the number of asylum seekers coming to Norway was far too high, and that Norway should learn from the policies of Denmark, and generally tighten the Norwegian asylum policy. In 2010 he said it was extremely important that Norwegians discuss which values Norwegian society should be based on in the future. He stated as the basic foundations: democracy, human rights, respect for individuals and equality between sexes, and considered it dangerous to think about these values as platitudes. 

He also compared radical Islam to Nazism, and regarding the granting of asylum to terrorists, he questioned if one would have given asylum to extreme-right Germans after World War II when they also risked death penalties in Germany.

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