3 Utoya survivors elected to Norwegian parliament
By FFE EU News staff
Three survivors of rightwing extremist Anders Behring Breivik’s bloody rampage two years ago have been elected in parliament on Tuesday.
Breivik is responsible for the 2011 Norway attacks
The three young Norwegian Labour Party members are Åsmund Aukrust, Stine Håheim and Fredric Bjørdal. A fourth survivor, Eigil Knutsen from Hordaland almost won. The Labour Party lost nine seats, ending up with 55 in parliament and is set to be ousted from government after eight years in power.
The new parliament members were among the 33 Labour Party candidates in Monday’s parliamentary election who survived the mass shooting carried out by Breivik on July 22, 2011. Breivik deliberately targeted Labour, accusing the party of propagating a multicultural Norwegian society.
After a bomb attack in Oslo’s government district, he travelled to a Labour Youth summer camp in Utøya Island near the capital and opened fire before being stopped by police.
Breivik was sentenced to a maximum penalty of 21 years last year for the murder of 77 people and acts of terrorism. His term may be extended if he is still considered a threat to society.