PHOTO: Jonas Gahr Støre has been tasked with forming a government by King Harald

Jonas Gahr StørePhoto: Torstein Bøe / NTB
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Labor Party (AP) leader Jonas Gahr Støre has been given the formal task of forming a new government by the king.

Støre arrived at the castle by car around 2 PM on Tuesday and came out smiling around 2:20 PM. 

Inside the castle, he was in an audience with King Harald, who commissioned him to form a government. Crown Prince Haakon was also present.

An hour before, the outgoing Solberg government was at the castle to submit its resignation application. Erna Solberg (H) then advised the king to contact Støre and ask him to form a new government.

“I would advise His Majesty the King to contact the leader of the Labor Party, Jonas Gahr Støre, as he is the prime ministerial candidate for the two parties that are ready to form a government,” Solberg said when she traditionally announced her resignation in the Storting after the budget was presented Tuesday morning.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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