Åslaug Haga

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Åslaug Marie Haga
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Åslaug Haga, after entering the government in 2005
Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy
In office
2007–2008
Norwegian Minister of Local Government and Regional Development
In office
2005–2007
Norwegian Minister of Culture
In office
2000–2001
Personal details
Born (1959-10-21) 21 October 1959 (age 55)
Nes, Akershus
Nationality Norwegian
Political party Center Party

Åslaug Marie Haga (born 21 October 1959) is a Norwegian politician and the incoming Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust. She was the leader of the Centre Party from 2003 to 2008.

Early life and career[edit]

Haga was born in Nes, Akershus. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Oslo. She later joined the diplomatic corps, serving at the Norwegian delegation to the United Nations in New York in the late 1980s and at the Norwegian embassy in New Delhi in India in the early 1990s.[1]

Political career[edit]

She served as Minister of Culture from 1999 to 2000. In 2001, she was elected to the Storting from Akershus county, and she was reelected in 2005. In 2003, while the Centre Party was an opposition party, she became party leader. As leader of the Centre Party, Haga was instrumental in swinging the party's political course to the left, bringing it into a coalition with the Labour Party and the Socialist Left Party for the first time.

Following the success of this Red-Green Coalition in the 2005 parliamentary elections, the Centre Party entered the government, and Haga succeeded Erna Solberg as Minister for Local Municipalities and Regional Development in the second cabinet Stoltenberg. In September 2007, she became Minister of Petroleum and Energy, succeeding Odd Roger Enoksen, and leaving the regional department to Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa. On 11 April 2008, Haga announced that she would not be seeking re-election to Parliament at the 2009 election, and that she would step down as Centre Party leader before the election.

On 19 June 2008, she resigned as Minister of Petroleum and Energy, and as leader of the Centre Party.[2] She cited health problems following a building violations scandal as her reason for resigning.[3] Haga was the last of six ministers who have resigned during the second cabinet Stoltenberg.

Haga was replaced as Minister of Petroleum and Energy by Terje Riis-Johansen.[4]

Global Crop Diversity Trust[edit]

On 18 October, 2012 the Global Crop Diversity Trust announced in a press release that Haga would become its new Executive Director, effective in early 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Åslaug Haga" (in Norwegian). Stortinget.no. 
  2. ^ Aasa Christine Stoltz (2008-06-19). "UPDATE 3-Norwegian oil minister quits, successor due Friday". Reuters. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  3. ^ Nina Berglund (2008-06-19). "Embattled cabinet minister steps down". Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  4. ^ Nina Berglund (2008-06-20). "Stoltenberg unveils new government line-up". Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Anne Enger Lahnstein
Norwegian Minister of Culture
2000–2001
Succeeded by
Ellen Horn
Preceded by
Erna Solberg
Norwegian Minister of Local Government and Regional Development
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa
Preceded by
Odd Roger Enoksen
Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Terje Riis-Johansen
Party political offices
Preceded by
Odd Roger Enoksen
Leader of the Centre Party
2003–2008
Succeeded by
Lars Peder Brekk (acting)