Norwegian minister resigns after controversial ruling: ‘Witch hunt’

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Sylvi Listhaug, the Norwegian minister of Justice and Migration, has resigned to the fall of the government to prevent. After a post on Facebook was under fire. Itself she speaks of a witch hunt.

In the Facebookbericht said Listhaug, of the right-populist Vooruitgangspartij, that the opposition is too mild for terrorist suspects.

Tuesday she stood for a parliamentary vote of confidence in. But the minister keeps the glory to himself, to the minority in the saddle. As seems to be the worst political crisis in years in Norway averted.


The minister was under fire because they had said that the labour Party ” the rights of terrorists above national security place. This is a sensitive subject for Labour because the youth division of the party on 22 July 2011, it was attacked by the mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik on the island of Utøya.

Listhaug accuses the labour Party, in opposition, that she opposes a proposal to persons who pose a threat to the country’s Norwegian nationality, without first going through the court to have to pass. Five days after the publication removed the minister of the post, and on Thursday she offered to the parliament its excuses, but for the opposition that was not enough. They demanded her resignation.


“The last few weeks were surreal,” says Listhaug about her departure. ‘A Facebookbericht, that had nothing to do with 22 July, and which I regret did that it was placed, the Norwegian politics in a kindergarten has changed. I am of the opinion that it is my responsibility to me adult to behave.’

Prime minister Erna Solberg of the conservative Høyre party has praise for the work of Listhaug. “I have Sylvi is experienced as a hard-working minister,” as cited by the Norwegian broadcaster NRK her. They connect a comeback of Listhaug in her government.

The prime minister was faced with a choice: either the support of the Vooruitgangspartij lose either the resignation of her entire government at risk.

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