• Norway's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Musical chairs in cabinet as Stoltenberg reshuffles

AFP · 21 Sep 2012, 13:59

Published: 21 Sep 2012 13:59 GMT+02:00

The main change sees Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, often described as a possible successor to Stoltenberg, take over the health ministry, an important cabinet post where he will have to implement reforms viewed as necessary but highly controversial.

Støre will be replaced as foreign minister by current Defence Minister Espen Barth Eide, who is well-versed in international affairs.

"We are getting new forces, new ideas, new people," Stoltenberg told reporters.

The reshuffle resembles a broad game of musical chairs, but also sees the arrival of a young 29-year-old woman born to Pakistani parents, Hadia Tajik, as culture minister, and the departure of the current labour minister.

The changes come with one year to go before legislative elections that look to be an uphill battle for Stoltenberg's centre-left coalition in power since 2005.

The Conservatives and the other centre-right and right-wing parties, including the populist anti-immigration Progess Party, are currently credited with an absolute parliamentary majority in public opinion polls.

According to a political commentator on TV2, the cabinet changes announced Friday are a "vitamin injection" aimed at "reversing the trend and winning the elections."

Stoltenberg's Labour Party -- which has dominated Norwegian politics in the post-war period -- has seen its support slide in recent months as it is viewed as having been in power for too long.

Story continues below…

It has also faced harsh criticism for authorities' lack of preparedness ahead of Anders Behring Breivik's Oslo bombing and island shooting rampage last year that left 77 people dead.

Labour's coalition partners, the Centre Party and the Socialist Left, are meanwhile teetering dangerously close to the four-percent level required to be represented in parliament, recent polls suggest.

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Statoil blows $2.5bn on Brazil oil field stake
Statoil's Peregrino A platform offshore Brazil. Photo: Øyvind Hagen/Statoil

Norwegian oil giant has made a big ticket acquisition despite cost cuts, staff reductions, and a recent unexpected loss.

Norwegian activity centre refuses refugee visit
Anti-Discrimination Ombud Hanne Bjurstrøm believes the centre leader may have broken the law by refusing service based on ethnicity or national origin. Photo: Gorm Kallestad/NTB scanpix

Owners of the Nissegården camping and activity centre in Lom municipality said no when local refugee services asked to book a visit for a group of refugees.

Norwegian tourism shrugs off Europe attacks
Photo: Torstein Bøe/NTB Scanpix

The tourism industry in major cities across Europe has been affected by the string of attacks across the continent in recent months, yet the tourist industry in Oslo and Norway in general appears to be heading for another record year.

Norwegian motorist kills 19 reindeer in bloody collision
Reindeer collisions are a frequent occurence on Norway's roads, but rarely on this scale. Photo: Alcino/Flickr

A Norwegian man crashed into a herd of reindeer Tuesday night, killing at least 19.

Norwegian renters’ association: Regulate AirBnB
Poster in Berlin aimed at deterring tourists from using AirBnB. Photo: Gunnhild Hokholt Bjerve / NTB Scanpix

The association is concerned that the popular holiday rental site may be driving up rental prices in Norway's biggest cities.

Researcher: Norwegian politicians should stay out of US election
Minister of Climate and Environment Vidar Helgesen. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen/NTB Scanpix

Norwegian politicians have no business getting involved in the US presidential election, says Hilmar Mjelde from the University of Bergen.

Norwegian minister: Immigration reforms inadequate
Integration Minister Sylvi Listhaug. Photo: Lise Åserud/NTB Scanpix

Integration Minister Sylvi Listhaug of the anti-immigration Progress Party warned that further immigration and asylum restrictions may be on the way.

Tourist presumed dead after Norwegian waterfall drop
Photo: Ned Alley/NTB Scanpix

An American tourist is feared dead after falling from a height of at least 20 metres into a waterfall late Sunday afternoon.

Number of Norwegians joining Isis in decline
Ubaydullah Hussain and his lawyer, Hilde Wiig Nicolaysen. Hussain was charged with recruiting foreign fighters to the terror group. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

A number of recently published reports from Scandinavian intelligence services suggest that Isis recruitment peaked across Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia in 2013/2014.

Man kicked off Norwegian flight over 'Isis tattoo'
A Norwegian plane at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

A Norwegian flight from Sweden was delayed after it was claimed that one of the passengers had an Isis flag tattooed on his arm.

Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Danish scientist: Mysterious 'blue blob' caused by weather
National
Danish scientist: Mysterious 'blue blob' caused by weather
Norwegian school permits burkini in swimming classes
Education
Norwegian school permits burkini in swimming classes
Norway's ‘biggest sovereignty concession’ to EU in years
National
Norway makes ‘biggest sovereignty concession’ to EU in years
Sponsored Article
Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
Norway boosts defence against Russia threat
International
Norway boosts defence against Russia threat
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
FACT-CHECK: No, Norway isn’t banning diesel and petrol cars
National
FACT-CHECK: No, Norway isn’t banning diesel and petrol cars – yet
Norway aims to be climate-neutral by 2030
National
Norway aims to be climate-neutral by 2030
Migrant numbers plunge as Norway now 'less attractive'
National
Migrant numbers plunge as Norway now 'less attractive'
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
Society
Record number of kids mark Norway's National Day
Sponsored Article
Gran Canaria: Where Swedes go to work (and play)
Take a ride on Norway's most spectacular road
Travel
Take a ride on Norway's most spectacular road
All 13 on board die in Norway helicopter crash
National
All 13 on board die in Norway helicopter crash
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
National
Norway violated mass murderer's human rights: court
Sponsored Article
Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
Modern-day Norwegian Viking conquers Instagram
Lifestyle
Modern-day Norwegian Viking conquers Instagram
Global protests condemn 'legal kidnapping' in Norway
National
Global protests condemn 'legal kidnapping' in Norway
Norway to allow gay church weddings
Society
Church of Norway to allow same-sex weddings
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
'No means no': Norway sends migrants on anti-rape courses
National
'No means no': Norway sends migrants on anti-rape courses
For first time, majority in Norway don’t believe in God
Society
For first time, majority in Norway don’t believe in God
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
Norway preps 'breakthrough' on gender change
Health
Norway preps 'breakthrough' on gender change
Breivik says he'll fight 'to the death' for Nazism
National
Breivik says he'll fight 'to the death' for Nazism
2,090
jobs available