Media: Norway's energy minister steps down

Controversial rapporteur will replace Tord Lien as Norway's Minister of Petroleum and Energy.

Tord Lien will step down from the role of Norway's Minister of Petroleum and Energy Thursday, report various Norwegian media after Norway's news bureau (NTB) first reported the departure Sunday.

The 41-year-old minister is a member of right-wing party Fremskrittspartiet, which governs Norway together with conservative party Høyre, and has enjoyed the post since the 2013 Norwegian election. Besides the ministerial post, his resume includes serving as communications director of Norwegian energy company Trønder-Energi. According to Norwegian media, the departure is more a reflection of Lien's wishes than a firing.

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