Willloch, Kare

In person signature of Norway’s 1981-86 Prime Minister

Price: $20.00

Description:
(b. 1928) Norwegian conservative politician, Prime Minister 1981-86, Conservative Party chairman 1970-74. He was County Governor of Oslo and Akershus 1989–98. He served in the Norwegian Brigade that was part of the Allied occupation in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany after WW II and became a dedicated friend of Germany during that time. He speaks Norwegian, English, German and French, and has published a number of books. Willoch made an early mark in national politics on issues related to economic development. Within the Conservative Party, he was respected for his command of the issues and consistent ideological platform. His 1st political post was as a member of the Oslo City Council 1952-59, first elected to the Norwegian Parliament at age 29 in 1957 representing Oslo, elected in every parliamentary election until 1989. He was Minister of Trade Aug.-Sept. 1963 and 1965-70 and stepped down from this post to be first the Parliamentary leader, and then chairman of the Conservative Party 1970-1974. Willoch served as the leader of the Foreign Affairs committee in the coalition government and from then until he retired from parliament in 1989. Most of his political career was spent in opposition to various Labour governments. His debates with long-time adversary Gro Harlem Brundtland became legendary in Norway and were by several accounts based on personal as well as political differences. He was asked to form a Conservative party government when a non-socialist coalition gained a majority in 1981 parliamentary elections, dependent on support of the Christian Democrats and the Centre party; in 1983 these joined the cabinet to become a coalition government. By the 1985 parliamentary elections, his cabinet had lost much of its parliamentary basis, dependent on the Progress Party for support. The cabinet lost a vote of no-confidence when the Socialist Left Party, Labour Party, and Progress Party joined forces. A minority government led by him took over thru the rest of the parliamentary period. In spite of difficult parliamentary conditions, the Willoch cabinet embarked on a series of reforms that to many seemed like reversals of long-standing social democratic reforms, and to others changes that reflected new and emerging economic realities. The Willoch government approved forward logistical bases for US rapid deployment forces and lent full support to the 1979 NATO double track decision. In 1996, he was decorated as a Commander with Star of the Order of St. Olav. 4 ˝ x 6 autograph album page signed while Norway’s PM (so noted in collector’s hand on verso)

Condition: Very good, “K” in 1st name slightly light
Type:Autograph album page






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