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King and Crown Prince announce extraordinary Council of State in Norway

Today, an extraordinary Council of State meeting will take place in Norway. Two short statements have been issued by the Royal Norwegian Court confirming this only minutes after Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced in a press conference that today there would be an extraordinary Council of State.

The first statement from the Royal Court said: “His Majesty the King will receive the Prime Minister in the audience 11:45. His Royal Highness the Crown Prince will also be present.”

The second statement from the Royal Court said: “His Majesty the King will preside over the extraordinary Council of State at the Royal Palace. His Royal Highness the Crown Prince will also be in attendance.”

His Majesty King Harald here together with Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen.

The extraordinary Council of State comes after the Norwegian governmental crisis was concluded this morning when Justice Minister Listhaug left the government. The Liberal-Conservative government will therefore continue, and Norway will soon get a new government member.

The Prime Minister will, therefore, meet the King to get His Majesty’s official approval for Listhaug to resign from the government. The Prime Minister also needs the King’s consent to insert a new minister, or possibly, to add a temporary minister until the government has found another appropriate candidate.

The Queen, the King and the Crown Prince. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

The Council of State in Norway is a formal body composed of the most senior government ministers chosen by the Prime Minister, and it functions as the collective decision-making organ constituting the executive branch of the Kingdom of Norway.

With the exception of the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who retain their ministerial ranking in their own right, all the other members of the Cabinet concurrently hold the position of statsråd, meaning Councillor of State, and that of Chief of the various departments. They are not formally considered ‘ministers’, although they are commonly addressed as such. The Cabinet normally convenes every week, usually on Fridays at 11:00 a.m. at the Royal Palace, Oslo, and is presided over by the monarch.

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