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Norway Election Could Lead to Stricter Immigration Laws

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Incumbent Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg casts his ballot at a polling station in Oslo September 8, 2013.

Incumbent Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg casts his ballot at a polling station in Oslo September 8, 2013.

Voters across Norway are casting ballots Monday in a parliamentary election that is likely to lead to a center-right victory, which could lead to stricter anti-immigration laws.

Pre-election surveys indicate the election will lead to a change in government, and a victory for Conservative leader Erna Solberg.

The Conservatives are expected to form a coalition government with the Progress Party, which has called for stricter immigration laws.

The incumbent center-left government, headed by Labor leader Jens Stoltenberg, has been in power since 2005.

The current government has been criticized for failing to put into place measures that could have prevented right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik's killing of 77 people in 2011.

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