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Norway government gets its first woman foreign minister

AP
Published Oct 20, 2017, 3:45 pm IST
Updated Oct 20, 2017, 3:45 pm IST
Three women now hold top jobs within the Norwegian government.
Eriksen Soereide is one amongst the new government ministers presented by Norway’s PM. (Photo: AP)
 Eriksen Soereide is one amongst the new government ministers presented by Norway’s PM. (Photo: AP)

Copenhagen: Norway's prime minister has presented three new government ministers in a minor reshuffle of her two-party coalition following a general election last month.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg said Friday that Ine Eriksen Soereide has been reassigned from defense minister to foreign minister. The move makes the 41-year-old Eriksen Soereide the first woman to be Norway's top diplomat.

 

Three women - Solberg, Eriksen Soereide and Finance Minister Siv Jensen - now hold top jobs within the Norwegian government.

Eriksen Soereide takes over the Foreign Ministry from Borge Brende, who stepped down to lead the World Economic Forum.

Frank Bakke-Jensen, who has been European Affairs minister, is taking over the defense portfolio. Marit Berger Rosland was named to replace him at European Affairs. Norway is not a member of the EU.

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