Navarsete insisted the ouster of agriculture minster Lars Peder Brekks had nothing to with his strained relations of late with farmers’ organizations.
“This has been on the cards for a while and is not connected to the breakdown in agriculture policy negotiations,” she said.
Brekks will be replaced by the party’s deputy leader, Trygve Slagsvold Vedum.
Transport and communications minister Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa also leaves the government, with former energy minister Marit Arnstad stepping in to take her place.
“Ever since we won the election in 2009 we have aimed for a regular renewal of our governmental lineup,” said Navarsete.
“We made important changes last winter and, with the end of the parliamentary year, now is a natural time to further equip ourselves for the election.”