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Norway's justice minister resigns amidst criticisms

Friday, 11 November 2011
Norwegian Justice Minister, Knut Storberget resigns from the government, but the Norwegian prime minister says it is not due to the criticism that Storberget endured recently.

"He asked to go several months ago," said Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. Labour party member, Knut Storberget resigned on Friday as Justice Minister in Norway.
“I am a qualified lawyer and have every opportunity in life. The most important thing is that I want to fight to get a red-green victory in 2013,” says Storberget to Norwegian newspaper, Dagbladet. “But right now I want to go home to my family.”


According to news channel NRK and the newspaper VG, they came up with the information even before the Prime Minister confirmed at the press conference at lunchtime.
Storberget resigns after six years as a minister because he feels the burden of work was becoming too heavy.

“I think you have to be an Attorney General in order to understand how demanding it is,” says Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg at the press conference.

 In the sidelines, Knut Storberget has been criticized for several things, not least of preparedness in connection with the terrorist attacks of July 22.

He is also blamed to have called up Mette Yvonne Larsen, a lawyer who represented many of the terror victims, and asked her to dampen the criticism against the police and authorities.

“It's been a tough year. But I have excellent health” said Storberget to Dagbladet.

He has also been criticized for how he has handled the rape epidemic that engulfed the capital, Oslo recently.
“It's a long time since he mentioned that he wanted to resign. He had intended to do so after the municipal elections (in September) but because of 22 July, he will be sitting no more,” says Stoltenberg.

According to NRK, his friend and current defense minister, Grete Faremo will take over the role. Faremo, who was Attorney General between 1992 and 1996, was replaced in turn by Foreign Ministry, State Secretary Espen Barth Eide.
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