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Re: Question to our Norwegian friends abt the crisis in the government
What you describe would usually have happened in Norway too, when the change of ministers is pre-planned. This time, however, one party decided to leave the government during the weekend, resigned abruptly on a Monday, and the Prime Minister did not have new ministers lined up for the ministries to be vacated. There has to be a minister in charge of any ministry at any time, therefore the resigned ministers are still in charge as ´administrators´ of the ministries until new ministers are appointed.
The PM has indicated she will need some time to find new ministers (they might reduced the number) and decide between the three parties who gets what, and thus stated ´by the end of the month´. Most people agree this is fairly long when the Progress party ministers have already indicated they want to leave, and rumor has it the change will happen in State Council on this Friday - when the King is possibly also back from sick leave.
Interesting difference between Denmark and Norway (I think). In Denmark the ministers would have left office at once and visited the Queen (or Regent) at the royal residence to be releaved of their duties. New ministers would normally take their place the same - or next - day. I understand the empty portfolios will not be filled until "before the end of January" which does not sound very urgent.
I understand the Prime Minister will need support of other parties besides the Progress Party. Do you think the coalition will hold until the election slated for September 2021?
The "reduced" government will need support from other parties from case to case. The three government parties, when formalised, will together with the Progress Party still have a majority. The originally four government parties had an agreement called the Granavollen Declaration. The progress Party is expected to follow the agreement in some cases, but might follow their own party program in other cases.
Because the four parties still hold a majority I would be surprised if the present government doesn't survive until the general elections in 2021.
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