OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has reshuffled his center-left Cabinet, shifting the heads of five ministries a year before parliamentary elections.
Outgoing defense minister Espen Barth Eide becomes foreign minister, replacing Jonas Gahr Stoere, who takes over the Health Ministry.
A 2008 U.S. diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks described Eide, at the time deputy defense minister, as a rising star in Stoltenberg's Labor Party and a potential future foreign or defense minister. He will now have both titles on his resume.
The cable said Eide was "largely pro-U.S. but should not be trusted to reliably uphold U.S. interests."
In other changes Friday, outgoing health minister Anne-Grethe Stroem Eriksen becomes defense minister while Anniken Huitfeldt takes over the Labor Ministry. Incoming culture minister, Hadia Tajik, 29, becomes the government's youngest member.