Norway’s prime minister presents new government on day of tragedy

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Norway’s new prime minister and his centre-left cabinet took office on Thursday as the country grapples with a terror tragedy the night before.

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Prime Minister Jonas Gehr Storey, leader of Norway’s Labor Party, stood outside the royal palace with his 19-member team – 10 women and nine men – after being sworn in.

But Wednesday’s deadly bow-and-arrow attack in Kongsberg, a small town near Oslo, overshadowed the incident that killed five people. Police have described the incident as a possible terrorist attack.


Gehr Storey said it was “a special day” because of the “outrageous incident”.

“It’s terrible what has unfolded, it’s shocking to think about what people have experienced,” Gehr Stoere told reporters ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of the new government. New cabinet’s full attention on Kongsberg issue.

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Authorities suspect that the attacker, whom police have named Aspen Anderson Brethan, is a Muslim convert who had previously been labeled a fanatic.

Norway’s domestic security agency says the attack appears to be a terrorist act.

“But although the background is heavy, it is still the day to introduce a new government,” Gehar Storey, 61, said in front of an enthusiastic crowd after the ceremony ended.

He took office after Erna Solberg was ousted after two four-year terms in the September 13 election. In line with tradition, outgoing and incoming governments were greeted by family members and well-wishers, and received flowers and Norwegian flags after being formally met by King Harald V.



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