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Two survivors of the Utøya massacre and a majority of women in the new government in Norway

2021-10-14T10:03:27.443Z

The new Norwegian Prime Minister, Labor Jonas Gahr Støre, on Thursday (October 14th) presented his team which includes two survivors of the ...



The new Norwegian Prime Minister, Labor Jonas Gahr Støre, on Thursday (October 14th) presented his team which includes two survivors of the Utøya massacre and an absolute majority of women.

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New coalition takes office as country mourns tragedy: on Wednesday, a man armed with a bow and arrows killed five people in Kongsberg, a town in southeastern Norway, and injured two others .

Police say the suspect, who was arrested, is a 37-year-old Danish convert to Islam and suspected of radicalization in the past.

10 ministerial posts out of 19 held by women

Of the 19 ministerial portfolios, women will occupy ten including Foreign Affairs, which belongs to Anniken Huitfeldt, Energy and Justice.

This is not the first time that 53% of posts have been awarded to women in Norway, having happened - briefly - twice under Jens Stoltenberg, Støre's predecessor between 2005 and 2013, who has since become chief of NATO.

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Another peculiarity of the new government, it has in its ranks two people who were on the island of Utøya when the right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik opened fire there on a Labor Youth rally, killing 69 people on the 22nd. July 2011. They are Tonje Brenna, 33, appointed to the Ministry of Knowledge, and Jan Christian Vestre, 35, who will take the portfolio of Commerce and Industry.

"

Now that these talented young politicians carry this past, I feel that we have taken an important further step and I am very proud of it,

" said Støre.

Minority in Parliament, the new government, winner of the legislative elections of September 13, brings together Labor and the Center Party, which essentially represents the interests of the territories.

In total, the attacks of July 22, 2011 killed 77 people, with eight others perishing in an attack perpetrated by Breivik on the same day and targeting the seat of government in Oslo.

Source: lefigaro

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