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“The rights of terrorists are more important than the security of the nation”: Norwegian Justice Minister resigns after controversial Facebook post

In Norway, a simple Facebook status update almost brought down the entire government, which is currently led by the conservative Progress Party. On March 9,
Justice Minister Sylvi Listhaug, a member of the anti-immigration Progress Party, posted a message on the social network in which she accused the Labor Party of believing that “the rights of terrorists are more important than the security of the nation.”

This post sparked a debate regarding when Norwegian citizenship can be revoked, which has been much talked-about in Norway. A few days later, on 15 March, the Parliament finally adopted an amendment allowing citizenship to be revoked when a person with dual nationality is sentenced for terrorism, genocide, or crimes against humanity.

Although Listhaug made an official apology in Parliament on March 15, it was not enough to appease the anger of her detractors. A majority of MPs from the other parties, who together hold the majority in Parliament, had decided to bring a no-confidence vote against the entire government in order to try to destroy her, at the risk of bringing down the government and triggering new elections. The subject was to be addressed on Tuesday morning, but Listhaug pre-empted them by announcing her resignation before Parliament had convened for the day.

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