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Norway’s Labour-led cabinet takes office in day overshadowed by attack


OSLO, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Norway’s new centre-left authorities formally took over energy on Thursday after successful elections final month, although the ceremony was overshadowed by a lethal bow-and-arrow attack in the city of Kongsberg.

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“What we’ve learned from Kongsberg bears witness of a gruesome and brutal act,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere mentioned in a press release to news company NTB.

A minority coalition of the leftwing Labour Party and the agricultural Centre Party took energy after beating the ruling Conservative-led authorities in the vote for parliament.

While local weather change was a serious subject debated in the course of the election marketing campaign, Labour has mentioned it needs to make sure any transition away from oil and fuel, and the roles it creates, in direction of inexperienced power is a gradual one.

The nation will proceed to probe for oil and fuel in the subsequent 4 years, the brand new authorities mentioned whereas presenting its coverage plans on Wednesday.

Stoere named Labour’s Marte Mjoes Persen as minister for petroleum and power.

Mjoes Persen, till just lately the mayor of Norway’s second metropolis Bergen, will thus be in cost of power coverage for western Europe’s high oil and fuel producing nation.

Centre chief Trygve Slagsvold Vedum shall be finance minister in the federal government, which is headed by Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere.

Two survivors of the 2011 mass taking pictures on Utoeya island will for the primary time sit in the nation’s authorities – Tonje Brenna, who shall be training minister, and Jan Christian Vestre, the brand new trade minister.

“We have two ministers who were on Utoeya,” Stoere informed reporters on Thursday earlier than he would meet King Harald to current his cabinet.

“For us the sound and the expression of a new political generation is an inspiration. When these great politicians have this background, this shows we have come a long way and I am very proud of that.”

Reporting by Terje Solsvik and Nerijus Adomaitis, modifying by Gwladys Fouche

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