- Åslaug Haga
name = Åslaug Marie Haga
caption = Åslaug Haga, after entering the government in 2005
office = Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy
term_start = 2007
term_end = 2008
office2 = Norwegian Minister of Local Government and Regional Development
term_start2 = 2005
term_end2 = 2007
office3 = Norwegian Minister of Culture
term_start3 = 2000
term_end3 = 2001
birth_date = birth date and age|1959|10|21
birth_place = Nes,
nationality = Norwegian
party = Center Party
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 Nationsin New Yorkin the late 1980s and at the Norwegian embassy in New Delhiin Indiain the early 1990s. [ [http://epos.stortinget.no/biografi.aspx?initialer=AAMH Norwegian parliament website] no icon]
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 Solbergas 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 April 11, 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 June 19, 2008, she resigned as Minister of Petroleum and Energy, and as leader of the Centre Party. [cite web | url = http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssOilGasExplorationProduction/idUSL1967730620080619 | title = UPDATE 3-Norwegian oil minister quits, successor due Friday | date = 2008-06-19 | accessdate = 2008-06-19 | author = Aasa Christine Stoltz] She cited health problems following a building violations scandal as her reason for resigning. [cite web | url = http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article2492666.ece | title = Embattled cabinet minister steps down | date = 2008-06-19 | accessdate = 2008-06-19 | author = Nina Berglund] Haga is 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, who was himself replaced as Minister of Agriculture and Foodby fellow Centre Party politician Lars Peder Brekk. [cite web | url = http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article2496908.ece | title = Stoltenberg unveils new government line-up | date = 2008-06-20 | accessdate = 2008-06-20 | author = Nina Berglund]
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