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Per Borten Dies; Was Norwegian Prime Minister

Associated Press
Friday, January 21, 2005; Page B07

Per Borten, a former Norwegian prime minister and longtime leader of the agrarian Center Party, died Jan. 20 in a hospital in Trondheim, in western Norway. He was 91.

No cause of death was reported.

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Mr. Borten may be best remembered for the non-socialist coalition government he formed in October 1965, ending 20 years of dominance by the social democratic Labor Party and its prime minister, Einar Gerhardsen.

The coalition of the Center Party, the Conservatives, the Christian Democrats and the Liberals that Mr. Borten led lasted until March 1971, when it was replaced by another Labor government.

Born to a farming family in Flaa, in central Norway, Mr. Borten graduated from the Norwegian Agricultural College in 1939 and worked as a farmer and farm inspector until 1946.

He was elected mayor of Flaa in 1945. He was elected to the Storting, or parliament, in 1949 and represented the Farmer's Party, which was the forerunner of the Center Party.

He was reelected every four years until 1977, when he declined to run.

He served as the party's chairman from 1955 to 1967.

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