Norway: a progressive prime minister
Millionaire Labor Party leader becomes Prime Minister of Norway.
Jonas Gahr StÃ¸re is the son of a ship broker and a librarian; and he’s a multimillionaire, much of his fortune from his family’s sale of their stove-making business – and he’s probably the new prime minister of Norway. [Editorâs Note: At press time, Norwayâs Labor Party is in coalition talks with two of the other major political parties: the Center Party and the Socialist Left Party.]
More surprisingly, he won the post of leader of the Labor Party. “My finances are not ordinary, but a lot of things about me are,” he said in an interview with Agence France-Presse ahead of the legislative elections which saw the left opposition prevail. in a landslide against the Conservative Party of former Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
StÃ¸re bears little resemblance to the caricature of an inexperienced business tycoon dabbling in politics. A graduate of the Institute of Political Studies in Paris and a former lecturer at Harvard Law School, the 61-year-old politician campaigned on a platform of higher taxes for the rich and relief tax for low and middle income families.
He is well prepared for the post of prime minister, according to Elin Haugsgjerd Allern, a political scientist at the University of Oslo (UiO). âHe has been a member of Parliament since 2009 and party leader since 2014; he was also Minister of Foreign Affairs and Health and, before that, Executive Director of the World Health Organization in Geneva.
Peter Egge LangsÃ¦ther, a colleague from Allern in the UiO’s Department of Political Science, agrees: âStÃ¸re should certainly not be seen as a wealthy aspiring statesman, as he has been a prominent politician for many years. many years. Yet, LangsÃ¦ther says, he certainly faces critical challenges. âThe centralizing reforms of the center-right government have met fierce opposition from rural Norway, and addressing these concerns will be a high priority for the new government. “