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Centre Party swaps out cabinet ministers

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Centre Party swaps out cabinet ministers
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg welcomes the new ministers to his cabinet (Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen/Scanpix)
12:36 CEST+02:00
The Centre Party on Monday morning replaced two of its cabinet members in the governing red-green coalition in a move party leader Liv Signe Navarsete said was aimed at freshening up her team ahead of the 2013 elections.

Navarsete insisted the ouster of agriculture minster Lars Peder Brekks had nothing to with his strained relations of late with farmers’ organizations.

“This has been on the cards for a while and is not connected to the breakdown in agriculture policy negotiations,” she said.

Brekks will be replaced by the party’s deputy leader, Trygve Slagsvold Vedum.

Transport and communications minister Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa also leaves the government, with former energy minister Marit Arnstad stepping in to take her place.

“Ever since we won the election in 2009 we have aimed for a regular renewal of our governmental lineup,” said Navarsete.

“We made important changes last winter and, with the end of the parliamentary year, now is a natural time to further equip ourselves for the election.”

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