Norway’s Prime Minister’s Office announces more thorough background check of possible ministers

Odd Roger EnoksenPhoto: Javad Parsa / NTB
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The background checks on politicians who are going into government may need to be adjusted, the Prime Minister’s Office (SMK) said during the weekend.

“The background interviews presuppose that the candidates carefully go through their past and address all matters that may be problematic,” Chief of Staff Kristine Kallset at the SMK wrote in an email to TV 2.

They are considering making changes to the process.

“The last few weeks have nevertheless shown that we must consider adjustments in the scheme… more detailed questions or involving more people in the process,” Kallset stated.

On Saturday, Odd Roger Enoksen (SP) resigned as Minister of Defense after VG reported on a relationship he had with a young woman in the 2000s.

In the wake of the resignation, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (AP) said that the government must look at the routines for background checks of possible ministers.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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