Norway: Socialists to get Finance MinisterKristin Halvorsen, the leader of the Socialist Left Party who started her election campaign in the Pakistani countryside, will now become our Finance Minister. Many members of her party think that the United States is a greater threat to world peace than Osama bin Laden. And the Nobel Committee has just awarded the Peace Prize to IAEA's director-general Mohamed El-Baradei. I'm so proud of being Norwegian:
Socialists to get Finance Minister
After weeks of negotiation the new left-center "red-green" alliance will unveil its government platform on Thursday afternoon. Norwegian media widely reported that Socialist Left Party (SV) leader Kristin Halvorsen would become the next Minister of Finance. The final composition of the new government's cabinet will not be made public until it has been presented to the palace on Monday. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported on Thursday morning that Labor Party partners would get prominent cabinet positions. Besides announcing an SV finance minister, NRK claimed that Center Party leader Åslaug Haga would be named Minister of Local Government and Regional Development. Environmental issues, particularly in relation to exploration and drilling in the petroleum industry, foreign policy, child care and local government have been the thorniest issues during the negotiations, which officially began on September 26.