Norway unveils new centre-left minority goverment amid suspected terror attack

Norway’s prime minister, Jonas Gahr Støre, introduced the country’s new centre-left minority government. The Labor leader stood outside the …

Norway’s prime minister, Jonas Gahr Støre, introduced the country’s new centre-left minority government.

The Labor leader stood outside the country’s royal palace on Thursday, along with ten women and nine men in his new cabinet.

The government now has two politicians who survived the 2011 Utoya massacre as young labor activists.

Tonje Brenna, 33, will be appointed Minister of Education, while Jan Christian Vestre, 35, will take over the portfolio of Commerce and Industry.

Emilie Enger Mehl becomes Norway’s youngest justice minister, aged 28, while the foreign ministry has passed to another woman, Anniken Scharning Huitfeldt.

Meanwhile, Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, leader of the Center Party, which is skeptical of Europe, becomes finance minister.

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

Norway’s internal security service said the attack looked like an act of terrorism.

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

“What has been announced is appalling, it’s shocking to think what people are going through,” he told reporters before the inauguration ceremony, promising that the new Cabinet will fully investigate the Kongsberg incident.

“While the background is heavy, today is still the day to present a new government,” Gahr Støre added in front of a cheering crowd in Oslo.

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

“Now that these talented young politicians carry that background, I feel we have taken another important step forward, and I am proud of it,” Støre said.

He took over the post after conservative prime minister Erna Solberg, 61, was ousted in the September elections after eight years in office.

The Labor Party, the largest party in Norway, received 26.3% of the vote, while the Center Party came in third with 20.4%.

The new government has unveiled its 83-page policy program for 2021-2025, with climate and the environment among its key focus areas.

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