Norway unveils new centre-left minority government amid suspected terror attack | Tech Reddy


Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has unveiled the country’s new centre-left minority government.

The leader of the Labor party stands outside the country’s royal palace on Thursday alongside the ten women and nine men in his new cabinet.

The government now has two politicians who survived the 2011 Utøya massacre as teenage labor activists.

Tonje Brenna, 33, has been appointed to the Ministry of Education, while Jan Christian Vestre, 35, will take the portfolio of Trade and Industry.

Emilie Enger Mehl became the youngest minister of justice in Norway at the age of 28, while the portfolio of the minister of foreign affairs went to another woman – Anniken Scharning Huitfeldt.

Meanwhile, the leader of the Eurosceptic Center Party, Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, becomes the finance minister.

The ceremony was overshadowed by Wednesday’s suspected terrorist attack, where a 37-year-old Danish man killed five people with a bow and arrows.

Norway’s domestic security agency says the attack appears to have been an act of terrorism.

Gahr Støre said it was “a special day” because of the “outrageous event” in the small town of Kongsberg.

“It’s horrible what has been revealed, it’s shocking to think about what people have experienced,” he told reporters before the swearing-in ceremony, promising that the new Cabinet will fully examine the Kongsberg incident.

“Even if the background is heavy, this is still the day to introduce a new government,” Gahr Støre added to a cheering crowd in Oslo.

The Labor leader also praised the appointment of two survivors of the 2011 terror attacks in Norway.

“Now that these talented young politicians are carrying this past, I feel that we have taken another important step and I am very proud of it,” said Støre.

The 61-year-old man took the post after conservative prime minister Erna Solberg was ousted in the September election after eight years in office.

The Labor Party – Norway’s largest – won 26.3% of the vote while the Center Party finished third with 20.4%.

The new government has already unveiled its 83-page policy program for 2021-2025 where climate and environment are among the key areas of focus.


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