Sunday, October 24

Erna Solberg will soon submit her request for resignation. This is how Norway will be governed until Støre takes over.


The government will not make major political decisions or launch major projects until he resigns in October.

Already on election night, it was decided that Erna Solberg and her government would resign as Prime Minister. In the days before that happens, she will lead a so-called business ministry.

As early as late Monday night, it was clear that Norway will have a new government in the fall. “The working session of the Conservatives in government is over for now,” Erna Solberg said in her speech.

However, Norway will be ruled until Jonas Gahr Støre takes over. What will happen in no time is that Solberg presents his request to resign to the king. Then King Harald will contact Støre and ask if he is willing to form a new government. The new government will likely take over in October.

Meanwhile, Solberg will run a so-called business ministry.

– The government will only take care of what is necessary for the position. No major project will be launched that the new government gets its hands on, says Eirik Holmøyvik.

He is a professor of law at the University of Bergen.

The Government website states the following about the Ministry of Business Affairs: ‘A Ministry of Business Affairs should not do anything that is opposed by the majority in the Storting. Decisions already made by the Storting can be implemented. Minor cases and routine administrative cases can also be dealt with, but a business ministry should not make decisions in politically important or controversial cases. “

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This will happen in the next few weeks. There will be no government negotiations until the end of next week.

Avoid mistrust proposals

The Constitution says nothing about the Ministry of Commerce when the government itself seeks to resign. Holmøyvik notes that section 15 of the Constitution only formally applies to cases where the government is forced to resign as a result of a vote of no confidence.

It states that “When the Storting has made a decision of censorship, the Minister can only carry out the tasks necessary for the proper administration of the position.”

Jonas Gahr Støre will be Norway’s next prime minister, but he will have to wait until Erna Solberg submits her request to resign. Solberg will run a business ministry before Støre takes over.

– In Norway, it is common for the current government to resign in the event of an electoral defeat. Therefore, he launched a vote of no confidence in the Storting. The scheme with the Ministry of Business is a political practice that follows this model of the Constitution, explains Holmøyvik.

Then it refers to the part of the law that states that ministers can only perform necessary actions.

Just before the summer holidays, Oslo also had a business ministry for a few days. It happened when the city council resigned after a motion of censure against the transport agency. The city council still had the majority behind. Therefore, Raymond Johansen (Labor Party) could continue as city council leader with a new transport city council.

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Erna Solberg will continue as conservative leader, also in the next elections.

Directors cannot be appointed

In some cases, for example during an international crisis, a business ministry must have the authority to act quickly and take the necessary action. This despite the fact that the measures are politically controversial. Writes government on their website.

So it is important to consider how urgent the matter is and how long it will likely take before a new government is ready to take over. If such a situation arises, the Storting should be involved in the decision to the extent possible.

A business ministry can only make exceptional decisions and in special cases that the new government cannot reverse. This applies, among other things, to the appointment of senior officials. In practice, this may mean the appointment of directors.

This government must also refrain from entering into international agreements that involve Norway assuming obligations and appointing boards and councils.


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