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Norwegian PM nominated: center left government will focus on climate

Norway’s nominee for prime minister on Wednesday proposed a bipartisan, left-wing minority government that “commits to an appropriate climate policy that reduces emissions and creates jobs.” Creates. ”

Norwegian Center Left Labor Party leader Jonas Gahr Storey unveils new plans Cabinet That is to take office after this week. Norway The left-wing group won last month’s parliamentary elections.

Gaher Stuart, 61, who was asked by King Herald V to form a government on Tuesday, is ready to become the prime minister of a government that includes the Eurosceptic Center Party.

He will take over as prime minister of the Conservative Party on Thursday. Erna Solberg Who was ousted in the September 13 elections after a two- to four-year term.

Gahr Stoere and Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, leader of the Center Party, Norway’s third largest party, unveiled an 83-page policy program for 2021-2025 where climate and environment are important areas.

The Labor Party said that the climate crisis is the biggest challenge of our time. “Climate and nature should be a framework for all politics. Norway’s civilized climate goals serve all governments and all sections of society.

Elections for ministerial portfolios are due to be held on Thursday, but Slazsold Wiedem is expected to become Norway’s next finance minister.

In the September vote, the Labor Party and its two left-wing allies – the Socialist Left and the Center Party – won 100 seats in the 169-seat Stranget Assembly, while Erna Solberg’s center-right government won 68 seats. Patient Fox, a Northern Norwegian health-based protest group, took over.

The Labor Party – Norway’s largest non-EU party – won the election with 26.3% of the vote, while the Center Party came in third with 20.4%.

Gahr Stoere wanted to form a majority government with the three left parties, but failed after negotiations with the Socialist Left ended, due to differences over climate policy, especially the Norwegian oil industry and taxes.

The oil industry is the Scandinavian nation’s largest industry, accounting for 40% of exports and directly employing more than 5% of the workforce. North Sea Oil and gas have helped make Norway one of the richest countries in the world.

The government program said the new left-wing cabinet would continue its oil exploration efforts and “permits for oil and gas exploration in new areas would continue.”

Most of the country’s oil and gas still comes from the arid North Sea, but most of the unused reserves are in the Barents Sea above the Arctic Circle – a red line for environmentalists.

Norwegians, on the other hand, are among the most climate-conscious consumers in the world, with most new cars now purchased electronically.

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