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Report: Norway cabinet may resign if justice minister loses no-confidence vote


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Report: Norway cabinet may resign if justice minister loses no-confidence vote

Norway's cabinet may resign if a no-confidence motion against Justice Minister Sylvi Listhaug is successful, Reuters reported, citing local media.

The no-confidence vote is a result of a March 9 Facebook post by the justice minister in which she criticized the Labour Party, suggesting the party thinks terrorists' rights are more important that national security. Listhaug apologized to parliament on March 13.

Five opposition parties will vote against the minister while the Christian Democratic Party, which has supported the government, also expressed doubts over Listhaug. The party wants Prime Minister Erna Solberg to take action.

"Our national board has expressed no confidence in the justice minister," Christian Democrat leader Knut Arild Hareide said.

Hareide, however, did not say if his party would support the no-confidence motion.

Snap elections are not allowed in Norway and the next general election will take place in 2021. If the Christian Democratic Party leaves the coalition, the current opposition Labour leader Jonas Gahr Stoere could try to form a government.