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Norwegian Prime Minister Solberg resigns

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Following Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg defeat in the parliamentary election a month ago, she has submitted her resignation to the government as expected.

The conservative politician submitted the relevant request to King Harald V on Tuesday, clearing the way for the new head of government, Jonas Gahr Store and his Cabinet.

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The king had accepted the request and asked her to continue as acting prime minister until the new government was appointed, Solberg said at a press conference in Oslo this afternoon.

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The scheduled change of government will be on Thursday.

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Her party, Hoyre, would thereafter engage in factual and constructive opposition work, she added.

Harald has now officially given Store the job of forming a government.

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Store, whose Labour party became the strongest force in the Sept. 13 election, reached an agreement with the Centre Party at the end of last week to form a minority government.

The new government is to present its plans on Wednesday afternoon, followed by the presentation of the Cabinet on Thursday.

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Solberg has been the Norwegian prime minister for eight years.

Store had previously been a foreign minister for a long time under the previous head of government and current NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg.

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