Norway reshuffles govt a year before elections

AP News
Posted: Sep 21, 2012 6:41 AM

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."

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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.