How Norway’s help for child of Isis mother could topple government

Norway’s decision to allow a woman linked with the Islamic State terror group back into the country on humanitarian grounds could have far-reaching consequences for the government.

Norway said on Tuesday it was repatriating from Syria a woman linked to the Islamic State (Isis) group and her two children, one of them reportedly seriously ill, citing humanitarian reasons.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg came in for immediate criticism over the decision.

The anti-immigration Progress Party, a coalition partner to Solberg’s Conservatives, argued that the risk of allowing a person linked to Isis into Norway outweighs the country’s humanitarian duty to help the child, effectively accusing Solberg of not making Norway’s security her first priority.

Opposition deputy leader Hadia Tajik jumped on the remarks, saying that such a major disagreement is untenable between members of the same government.

“This issue shows, first and foremost, that Erna Solberg will truly swallow camels with backwards hair to stay in government,” Tajik told NRK.