The Prime Minister of Norway presents his new government

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -Norway’s new center-left cabinet has taken office after the future prime minister presented a center-left minority …

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -Norway’s new center-left cabinet has taken office after the incoming prime minister presented a center-left minority government on Thursday, a day after a deadly bow-and-arrow attack in a small town.

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere, the leader of Norway’s center – left workers’ party, stood outside the royal palace with his team of 19 members – 10 women and nine men – including the leader of the Eurosceptic Center Party, Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, who will be finance minister.

Emilie Enger Mehl became Norway’s youngest Minister of Justice to date at the age of 28, while the Foreign Minister’s portfolio went to another woman – Anniken Scharning Huitfeldt.

Gahr Stoere said it was “a special day” due to the “scandalous event” in Kongsberg, a small town outside Oslo, where a Danish man was remanded in custody after Norwegian police said he killed five people with a bow and arrows and wounded two others Wednesday.

“It is terrible what has been revealed, it is shocking to think about what people have experienced,” Gahr Stoere told reporters before the inauguration of the new government, promising the new cabinet’s full attention to the Kongsberg case.

Authorities suspect the attacker is a Muslim convert who was previously marked as being radicalized. Norway’s domestic security agency says the attack appears to have been an act of terrorism.

“But even though the background is heavy, it is still the day to present a new government,” 61-year-old Gahr Stoere said before a jubilant crowd after the ceremony was over.

He took over after Erna Solberg was ousted in the election on September 13 after two four-year terms.

In keeping with tradition, the outgoing and incoming governments were greeted by family members and benevolent and received flowers and Norwegian flags after formally meeting King Harald V.

On Wednesday, Gahr Stoere and Slagsvold Vedum, the leader of the Center Party, which is Norway’s largest, unveiled an 83-page political program for 2021-2025, where climate and environment are among key areas.

In the September vote, the Labor Party – the largest party in the non-European member state of Norway – won the election with 26.3% of the vote, while the Center Party finished in third place with 20.4%.

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