Thorkildsen to be named equality minister: report

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Inga Marte Thorkildsen is in line to become Norway’s next equality minister after her Socialist Left Party (SV) colleague Audun Lysbakken resigned over a funding scandal on Monday, according to newspaper Dagens Næringsliv.

Outgoing SV party leader Kristin Halvorsen has stepped in as a temporary replacement but the 35-year-old Thorkildsen, a member of the parliament's finance committee, is set to be offered the role on a permanent basis, sources told the business daily.

Lysbakken’s resignation has thrown SV’s plans into disarray. The ex-minister was the sole candidate to take over as party leader at a congress this weekend.

Party sources had also previously revealed that the Socialist Left, a junior partner in the three-party red-green coalition, was planning personnel changes in its other ministerial posts after the congress.

The party on Monday continued to back Lysbakken for the leadership position, but a general voter survey by pollster InFact showed that 61.5 percent now felt he was unsuitable for the job, with even SV voters hoping for the emergence of another candidate.

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Lysbakken resigned on Monday over revelations that his department granted funding to a feminist self-defence organization attached to his own Socialist Left Party.

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