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Norway Oil Minister Won’t Seek Re-Election to Parliament in 2013

September 17, 2012

Norway’s Oil and Energy Minister Ola Borten Moe won’t seek re-election next year after serving for two consecutive parliaments.

“I wish over time to get further experience outside of politics,” Borten Moe, 36, said today in a statement. “This is not a farewell to Norwegian politics.” The minister said he had no “concrete” plans other than to manage his farm.

Borten Moe, first elected in 2005 and named energy minister in Jens Stoltenberg’s Labor-led government in March 2011, hasn’t any plan to step down until the September 2013 election, Haakon Smith-Isaksen, a ministry spokesman, said by phone.

“I have a strong wish that the Center Party should have a successful election next fall and that the government should be re-elected,” Borten Moe said in the party statement. “As a deputy leader of the Center Party and as a minister, I will spend all my time working to make sure we reach this goal.”

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