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Norway’s prime minister is expected to step down as Labor leader.

Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg She said on Tuesday that she would step down as head of the right-wing government from the three-party, minority center after winning the left-leaning bloc in last month’s parliamentary elections. Norwegian Labor Party leader Jonas Gohar Stuart is expected to take office this weekend.

Head of Solberg, 60. Norway s Conservative party His party did worse than expected from opinion polls, which saw them at gaining about two-fourths of the vote. She will be the caretaker leader until Gahar Stuart names a new governing team for the bipartisan, center-left coalition on Thursday.

“Eight years is a long time,” Solberg told reporters after handing over his resignation letter to the country’s famous King Herald in accordance with the constitution. A government. ”

In Norway, the outgoing prime minister announces his departure only when another party leader is ready to form a new one. Cabinet

In 2013, Solberg became Norway’s second female prime minister. He first led a two-party minority government with the Anti-Immigration Progress Party. It was doubled – first in 2018 with the Liberal Party and a year later with the smaller Christian Democratic Party and then with a majority government.

However, in January 2020, the Populist Progress Party split from the coalition, leaving three parties, except Solberg, to lead a minority government with its Conservatives, the Central Liberal Party and the Christian Democrats.

Gaur Storey, 61, is set to head the government with Norway’s third-largest Eurosceptic Center party, which is expected to win a majority in the 169-seat Stringate. He is expected to outline the coalition’s political platform on Wednesday and the cabinet line-up the next day.

The discovery of oil and gas in Norwegian waters in the 1960s made the Scandinavian nation one of the richest countries in the world, with a strong welfare system and a high standard of living. It is not a member of the European Union but trades closely with the 27-nation bloc.

Norway’s oil wealth helped it cope with Europe’s financial crisis and keep unemployment low. The oil industry is the country’s largest industry, accounting for 40% of exports and directly employing more than 5% of the workforce.

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