Guri Melby unanimously nominated as the new party leader for the Liberal Party

Guri MelbyMinister of Education and Integration Guri Melby (Liberal Party).Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB scanpix

Guri Melby has been nominated as the new Liberal leader after Trine Skei Grande. Sveinung Rotevatn and Abid Raja agree to become 1st and 2nd deputy respectively.

The decision was clear when the party’s nomination committee presented its recommendation on Sunday. The situation was unanimous.

Melby has been nominated as the leader, while Sveinung Rotevatn has been nominated as 1st deputy leader and Abid Raja has been nominated as 2nd Deputy Chairman.

The trio has publicly said that they want to take over after Grande, who in March stated that she will not run for re-election. Grande took over as Liberal leader after Lars Sponheim in 2010.

Decision due in SeptemberThe chairman of the nomination committee, Per Thorbjørnsen, says that Melby, Rotevatn and Raja have accepted the nominated seats.

“The three represent a team for the future. They are skilled people who will guide us through the demanding time we are in”, said Thorbjørnsen.

It is the national meeting of the party that will make the final leadership election 26-27th September.

Humbled RajaRaja writes on Facebook that he is humbled and grateful.

“I think this is a comprehensive solution that can help the Liberal Party. For my part, I am willing to work together in this team. It has not been an easy task for the committee, I think everyone sees that, and they deserve thanks for the effort”, he writes.

Melby has been Minister of Education and Integration since 13th March this year. Raja is the Minister of Culture, while Rotevatn is the Minister of Climate and Environment.  

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