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Norwegian new prime minister, Erna Solberg presents her new ministers

Wednesday, 16 October 2013
The New Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg was this morning presenting her government ministers. The leader of the Progress Party, also known as the far right party, Siv Jensen becomes as expected, Norway's new finance minister.

The Progress party on the whole will be having seven ministers as the news Premier Erna Solberg started naming them on Wednesday morning.

The 52-year-old Solberg was presenting her new government minister as she read her list of ministers up to the press Wednesday morning in a Parliamentary veranda. She presented what is described as a new government with broad experience, consisting equally in numbers of men and women.New Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg
New Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg /Granscole
The list of minister is also described to be historic because it's the first time the Progress Party is in government. The Progress Party, which is in the right of the Conservative Party both in terms of revenue, privatization and immigration policy has always been seen as a far right party. Now they have the finance ministerial post, mostly due to the weight of party leader, Siv Jensen, but also other important items such as attorney general, Agriculture, Oil and Energy among.

This will mean that the Progress Party politics will really drive the government, even if the party will be forced to compromise in some places, according to Per-Arne Bjerke, political reporter for Norwegian broadcaster, NRK.

“It means that the Progress Party will now put some of their ideas into practical policy and it is the Progress Party that has been working for many, many years to change thing around here. They will not be able to get away with everything, but it is clear that the Progress Party will put their mark on this government's policies,” said the NRK reporter.

Also, the new agriculture minister, Sylvi Listhaug, comes from the Progress Party. Three years ago, she sharply criticized the country's agricultural policy, and called it "communism in Norwegian." Her attitude will lead to debate with farmers' organizations according to Per-Arne Bjerke.

The new government has 18 ministers - 11 from Conservatives and seven from Progress party. BÝrge Brende, who is now CEO of the Word Economic Forum, will become the new foreign minister.

Solberg brought in BÝrge Brende, a member of the Conservative Party, hoping to get improved Norway's tense relationship with China after the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.

After eight years of a Red-Green government in Norway, Jens Stoltenberg will hand over at 10 o'clock on Wednesday morning. The former Prime minister parted with a large crowd at the Castle on Wednesday.
By Scancomark.com Team

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