Minister of Justice Anders Anundsen and Petroleum and Energy Minister Tord Lien are finished as ministers in Norway. In came Per-Willy Amundsen and Terje Søviknes.
Per-Willy Amundsen has for several years been Spokesperson on Immigration Issues for the government party FrP, and since 2013, he has been Undersecretary of Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development.
Amundsen has previously come with "controversial" statements about climate and Muslims.
- Soon it is only in little Norway that the debate is still controlled by climate fundamentalists of environmental organizations who have permission to launch one irrational "climate action" after another, without anyone protesting. Reasoning must back in the climate debate, Amundsen said to VG in 2012.
To Dagbladet he argued that "it was the sun and cosmic rays that govern climate, not C02 emissions."
- For us this is about science, not religion, he told Dagbladet in 2013.
- Immigration is changing our society very quickly. There will be just as serious consequences for society as a so-called climate crisis and a financial crisis. In 2029 Oslo will have a majority of non-Western immigrants, perhaps an Islamic majority. Ethnic Norwegians already move out. Norway as a nation can be in that situation during this century, Amundsen said to Aftenposten in 2009.
To Vårt Land in 2007, Amundsen said that he was "completely fed up with Muslims' special demands."
An article on the party's website was the background for the statement. Here Amundsen wrote the following:
"Islamist groups eagerness to shape Norway in their own image is limitless."
In 2011 he said that all asylum seekers should be DNA registered to expose child marriages and polygamy and combat terrorism.
In May 2011, he also stated that immigrants do not work enough.
- Especially from Muslim countries, where it obviously is unprofitable for the Norwegian society in the long term with the immigration we are experiencing, said Amundsen in parliament, according to TV2.
Leftist parties react
Leader of opposition party SV, Audun Lysbakken is not impressed by the government's choice for new Minister of Justice.
"We thank once again the Left and the Christian Democrats for having given us this government. Thanks Erna Solberg (PM ed.) for assurances that we would not get right-wing populists into government. And we thank you for that with only a few months left until the election," Lysbakken wrote on Facebook after it became known, showing that he actually still don't understand in which direction the political winds blow at the moment.
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