Norway’s Labor Minister Hadia Tajik is resigning amid a new commuter housing scandal

Hadia TajikPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB

Labor Party (AP) deputy Hadia Tajik is resigning as Minister of Labor and Social Inclusion in the wake of a new commuter housing scandal.

She confirmed the information at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Last Sunday, the newspaper VG revealed how Tajik was granted tax-free commuter housing between 2006 and 2010 based on a rental contract she never used.

Tajik has subsequently said that she was a commuter and that she was entitled to tax-free commuter housing. She explained that she had expenses in her childhood home in Rogaland.

Several politicians have demanded that Tajik give a more thorough account of the case. Progress Party (FRP) leader Sylvi Listhaug has, among other things, sent her 20 questions to which she wants answers.

Tajik accepted the criticism and said that she had “completely misjudged” the case. She has also said that she would repay any tax benefit she has received.

Haid to stay AP deputy leader?

Tajik wants to keep her position as Labor Party deputy leader.

She told the press that she had asked Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (AP) to approve her resignation.

“I am sorry that what I have done wrong has disappointed many people. I apologize for that. I’m sorry I did not handle this better before. It’s my fault,” Tajik said.

“There are many others who can be the Minister of Labor. It is the Labor Party’s policy that is most important,” Tajik added.

Doesn’t think she committed a crime

Tajik said she had good intentions in the commuter housing case but admitted that she handled the case poorly.

At the press conference, she was asked if any laws were broken and if she had falsified the lease document that she gave to her employer in 2006.

“No, I do not think so,” she answered.

” Everything I have done, I have done with the best intentions, but I have handled it too poorly, and I have to take responsibility for that,” Tajik said.

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