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Solberg takes reins in Norway, divvies ministries with Progress

A new government has taken office in Norway. The right-wing coalition of incoming Prime Minister Erna Solberg's Conservatives and the Progress Party ousted a center-left government in last month's election.

Norway's Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg (pictured center) unveiled her minority government on Wednesday, giving the key Oil, Finance and Justice ministries, among others, to her smaller coalition ally, the right-wing populist Progress Party. The Conservatives kept 11 of the 18 ministries for themselves, including Foreign and Defense.

The average age of the Cabinet comes in at 44, with Solberg, at 52, one of only three ministers older than 50. The government splits gender lines, nine women, nine men. Solberg, herself, is the second woman to serve as Norway's prime minister.

The parties ran on promises to restrict immigration and lower taxes. The coalition will rule as a minority government with the support of right-wing allies.

mkg/hc (Reuters, AP)