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The new Norwegian prime minister presented his center-left minority government a day after a man killed five people in an archery attack in a small town

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Norway’s new center-left Cabinet took office after the new prime minister presented a center-left minority government on Thursday, the day after a deadly bow and arrow attack in a small town.

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere, leader of the center-left Norwegian Labor Party, stood outside the royal palace with his team of 19 members – 10 women and nine men – which includes the leader of the center Eurosceptic party, Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, who becomes Minister of Finance.

Emilie Enger Mehl became Norway’s youngest justice minister at 28, while the foreign minister’s portfolio went to another woman, Anniken Scharning Huitfeldt.

Gahr Stoere said it was “a special day” due to the “scandalous event” in Kongsberg, a small town outside of Oslo, in which a Dane was arrested after Norwegian police said that he had killed five people with a bow and arrows and injured two more on Wednesday.

“It’s horrible what has been revealed, it’s shocking to think of what people went through,” Gahr Stoere told reporters ahead of the new government’s swearing-in ceremony, promising the new government’s full attention. cabinet on the Kongsberg case.

Authorities suspect the perpetrator is a Muslim convert who has previously been reported to have been radicalized. The Norwegian Homeland Security Agency says the attack appears to have been an act of terrorism.

“But although the backdrop is heavy, it is still the day to present a new government,” Gahr Stoere, 61, said in front of a cheering crowd after the ceremony ended.

He took over after Erna Solberg was ousted in the September 13 election after two four-year terms.

In keeping with tradition, the outgoing and incoming governments were greeted by family members and sympathizers, and received Norwegian flowers and flags, after formally meeting King Harald V.

On Wednesday, Gahr Stoere and Slagsvold Vedum, the leader of the Center Party which is Norway’s third largest party, unveiled an 83-page political platform for 2021-2025 where climate and environment are among the key areas.

In the September vote, the Labor Party – Norway’s largest non-European Union party – won the election with 26.3% of the vote while the Center Party finished third with 20.4%.


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