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Relationship with 18-year-old: Norway’s defense minister resigns

Odd Roger Enoksen had had a sexual relationship with a much younger woman several years earlier. He was 50 at the time and she was 18.

Norwegian Defense Minister Odd Roger Enoksen is resigning from his post after having had a sexual relationship with a much younger woman several years ago. The resignation of the minister is the right decision and necessary after what has become known in the case, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said at a press conference in Oslo on Saturday.

He could not comment on details. Støre made it clear that he would never have appointed Enoksen as minister if he had known about the relationship when the government was formed in October 2021.

Relationship confirmed – and regretted

Enoksen, now 67, had previously confirmed to the newspaper “Verdens Gang” that he had had a relationship with a young woman and regretted this relationship. He met the student at a meeting in northern Norway in 2005 before she met him again later on a school trip to the Norwegian Parliament. Enoksen was 50 at the time, the politically interested woman only 18. After this trip, the two reportedly began a sexual relationship.

Enoksen told the “VG” that ministers could also have a private life and an extramarital relationship. He did not have a position of power over her. The woman said the relationship had shaped her life for 15 years, and that she felt shame, guilt and fear that she would not be believed. Enoksen was a member of parliament for his peasant Center Party in 2005 and was appointed oil and energy minister at the end of the year. He has been Defense Minister under Støre since the end of 2021.

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(APA/dpa)

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