Published: Tue, January 21, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Norway Right-wing party quits government over jihadi spouse repatriation

Norway Right-wing party quits government over jihadi spouse repatriation

Norway's ruling coalition has disbanded after the populist Progress Party (FRP) left the government, partly due to the repatriation of a mother with suspected ISIS links from Syria.

During her press conference, Ms Jensen said the Progress Party would be "a tougher and clearer party going forward".

But the Progress Party, Norway's third largest, believe she used her child to get her out of the Al Hol camp in northeastern Syria where she has been held since March 2019 with thousands of other women and children.

She had been living in Islamic State territory since 2013, where she married two Islamic State fighters and had two children.

"We could welcome the children, but we do not compromise with people who have voluntarily joined terrorist organizations and who are working to tear down all the values Norway is built on", said Jensen.

The Norwegian woman, who has not been named, has denied the charges against her and will fully cooperate with police during interrogation, her lawyer has said. The move will deprive the Norwegian Prime Minister of her parliamentary majority and could result in new elections.

She was brought back to Norway with her two children on humanitarian grounds, as her five-year-old son was allegedly very ill.

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The mother had refused to let the sick child travel alone to Norway and insisted on accompanying the child. "I hope that this will be respected".

The resignation robs Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg of her parliamentary majority and could make the country more hard to govern, but Ms Solberg still plans to remain in office as head of a minority coalition. She was re-elected in September 2017.

Decisions on whether to allow women with links to Isis to return from Syria have caused controversy across Europe, including in neighbouring Finland, whose newly-appointed government recently settled in deciding each case individually. "Something that is now also happening", she said.

"I respect that Frp has a different view because this was a hard trade-off". This was a hard trade-off. "To me, it was important the boy came home to Norway".

Ms Solberg has been prime minister of the Scandinavian country since 2013 when she formed a coalition with the Progress Party.

She said when Solberg's coalition expanded a year ago to include the Liberals and the Christian Democrats, veering more to the centre and becoming a majority government, "enthusiasm dropped".

The UK made a decision to revoke the citizenship of one follower, Shamima Begum, who had asked to return to the country after being found in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019.

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