UPDATED: Labour’s (Ap) Jens Stoltenberg has made major changes to the government makeup with several key Ministers altering responsibilities, Friday.
According to proceedure, Norway's King Harald officially made the alterations to the government. The changes, which took effect from 15:00 local time, were as following , as
- Jonas Gahr Støre, Foreign Minister since 2005, is now Minister of Health and Care Services.
- Anne Grete Strøm-Erichsen, who assumed her post in 2009, is once again be Minister of Defence again following her four-year term from 2005.
- Espen Barth-Eide, Minister of Defence for just a short period after taking over from now Justice and Public Security Minister Grete Faremo in 2011, is Norway's new Minister of Foreign Affairs.
- In a new addition to the Cabinet, Hadia Tajik will take over Culture Minister Huitfeldt’s role. Ms Tajik, who is of Pakistani descent, is the youngest governmental Minister-ever.
- ‘Grubbegata’ Minister of Government Administration, Reform, and Church Affairs Rigmor Aasrud will likely remain in her post.
Finance Minister Sigbjørn Johnsen, Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Lisbeth Berg-Hansen, Trond Giske – Minister of Trade and Industry – and Minister of Justice and Public Security Grete Faremo are also believed to be continuing with their present responsibilities.
Prime Minister Stoltenberg's last made changes to the Cabinet on 18 June this year, honourably discharging the Centre Party's (Sp) Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa and Lars Peder Brekk from their posts as Minister of Transport and Communications and Minister of Food and Agriculture, respectively.
The new Ministerial line-up can be found on the Office of the Prime Minister's official pages here (external link).
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