Centre takes over in Norway

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Centre takes over in Norway

Norway's Labour minority government resigned, paving the way for Kjell Magne Bondevik and a new three-party centrist coalition to take power. The Labour Prime Minister, Thorbjoern Jagland, announced the resignation of his 12-month-old government to parliament after it had presented the draft budget for 1998. Mr Jagland had said he would stand down after the Labour Party failed to win a self-imposed target of 36.9 per cent of the popular vote in last month's general election. King Harald V asked Mr Bondevik, of the Christian People's Party, to form a new government.

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