Støre comments on commuter housing controversy, says it could affect people’s trust in elected representatives

Jonas Gahr StørePhoto: Torstein Bøe / NTB

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (AP) says the commuter housing controversy involving the Norwegian parliament (Storting) president is unfortunate and damages people’s trust in politicians and elected representatives.

On Tuesday, the newspaper Adressa reported that Storting President Eva Kristin Hansen (AP) used free commuter housing in Oslo until 2017, despite having owned a home in Ski since 2014, only 29 kilometers away.

When asked by TV 2 whether Hansen should resign, Støre answered that it is up to the Storting to decide.

“We have confidence that she will shed light on the questions related to the issue… And then, we have to make sure that such situations do not arise again because it seriously affects people’s trust in politicians and elected representatives. So we must make sure that the regulations are understandable and that they are followed,” he noted.

He described the case as unfortunate.

“I think everyone sees that every case (like this) is unfortunate. It’s quite obvious,” Støre noted.

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