Oslo City Council resigns following no-confidence motion against Lan Marie Berg

Raymond JohansenPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB

A majority in Oslo City Council voted in favor of the no-confidence motion against Environmental Councilor Lan Marie Berg (MDG). With that, the entire City Council will resign.

City Council chief Raymond Johansen (AP) stated the information just after the vote in the City Council at 1 PM on Wednesday. The City Council will continue to work until a new City Council is in place.

A majority in the City Council believes that Berg has violated the duty to provide information in the case of the billion kroner gap in the project of Oslo’s new water supply. It is estimated to cost NOK 17.7 billion, which is NOK 5.2 billion more than previously estimated.

The opposition in Oslo has described this as the biggest budget gap in any Norwegian municipality ever.

New talks

Mayor Marianne Borgen (SV) will now invite all group leaders in the City Council to talks to examine the basis for forming a new City Council.

“The Local Government Act imposes a very special responsibility on me now to ensure that we can get a new City Council and that it is in place as soon as possible,” Borgen told the City Council after its resignation.

“So I will already tomorrow invite all the group leaders in the City Council, one by one, to discuss the basis for a new City Council, and how we can solve the situation that has now arisen together,” Borgen added.

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