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Old 09-11-2017, 01:30 PM
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Prime Ministers, and the constitutional role of the Norwegian Monarch

We have a very tight parliamentary general election in Norway today (and after going through similar threads in the British and Danish forums) I decided to start this thread.

Three possibilities:

1. If the Government which consists of the Conservative Party and the Progress Party with the support of the Christian Democratic Party and the Liberal Party gets a majority in the Storting, then Prime Minister Erna Solberg and her Government will continue, at least for now.

2. If the Labour Party, the Centre Party and the Socialist Left Party gets a majority in the Storting, then Prime Minister Erna Solberg will contact His Majesty the King and inform him that there are a new majority in the Storting and will ask him to contact Labour Leader Jonas Gahr Støre. He will then likely from a government with the parties mentioned above.

The formal resignation of the old government and appointment of the new one each take place at a special session of the Council of State. The new government is officially constituted when the King has signed a Royal Decree to this effect. Jonas Gahr Støre will then be the King's sixth Prime Minister.

3. If neither of the two blocks gets a majority in the Storting, then it will (perhaps) be up to the Green Party who tends to support alternative 2. But they have issued an ultimatum on stopping exploration and development of new oil and gas fields, demanding acceleration of the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Read about the changes of governments here:
Change of government - The Royal House of Norway

And about the King’s constitutional role here:
The King’s constitutional role - The Royal House of Norway
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Alternative 1 in my above post happened and there is no need to contact the King.
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Old 09-12-2017, 02:26 PM
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Will there be a government reshuffle? And if that be the case, what happens?
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Old 09-12-2017, 04:17 PM
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1. The Conservative Party, the Progress Party, the Christian Democratic Party and the Liberal Party has a majority in the Storting.

2. The 2013-2017 Government (the Høyre Frp Cabinet), which consisted of the Conservative Party and the Progress Party, relied on parliamentary support from the Liberal Party and the Christian Democratic Party through a separate formal agreement giving them influence on policy. That Government will continue, at least for now.

3. The change in this period is that the Christian Democratic Party and the Liberal Party don't want a formal agreement with a Conservative/Progress Government. They want a government with the Conservative Party alone (something they also wanted in the previous Storting period), but the Progress party wont support a government which they are not part of.

4. So what the heck happens now? There are rumors (although very unlikely) that the Liberal Party may join the government, but a government like that wont have a majority either. And most commentators (therefore) think the most likely scenario is that Prime Minister Erna Solberg (leader of the Conservative Party) and Minister of Finance Siv Jensen (leader of the Progress Party) will try to work with the Liberal Party and the Christian Democratic Party without an agreement.

But most importantly since this is a royal forum, If there were any changes in the government, then the King would have to be involved.
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Old 10-20-2017, 06:33 AM
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The King presides over the Council of State at the Royal Palace today (as usual). The Crown Prince will also be in attendance.

The unusual thing today is that there are changes in the government:

1. Børge Brende quits as Foreign minister to be president of the World Economic Forum. He will be replaced by Defence Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide (she will be the first woman foreign minister).

2. Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Frank Bakke-Jensen will replace Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide as Defence Minister.

3. Marit Berger Røsland replaces Frank Bakke-Jensen as Minister of EEA and EU Affairs.

NRK1 and TV2 News Channel sends live from The Palace Square (as usual on these events), the guard has marched around and the prime minister and her new ministers have come out.

The King also granted The Prime Minister an audience today (that happens once a month). The Crown Prince was also in attendance.
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Thank you for sharing this information RoyalNorway. Congratulations to the PM and her party on their victory.
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You're very welcome!

BTW, I forgot to mention in post 5 earlier today that the possibility that the Liberal Party enters the government has grown since I wrote post 4, so there may be changes again before Christmas.
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