Norway's Defence Minister Resigns Amid Reports of His Relationship With Schoolgirl
© AFP 2022 / HEIKO JUNGEIn this file photo taken on October 14, 2021 Norway's Minister of Defense Odd Roger Enoksen (Centre Party) holds a bouquet of flowers as he poses on Slottsplassen palace square in front of the Royal Palace in Oslo, after he became member of the new government.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Norwegian Defence Minister Odd Roger Enoksen on Saturday announced his resignation following media reports about his sexual relations with an 18-year-old schoolgirl while he was a member of Norway’s Council of State.
Enoksen reportedly had intercourse with the 18-year-old in 2005 while she was still attending school. The incident occurred during the government of the red-green coalition (2005-2013), headed by Jens Stoltenberg.
"Today, I told my party leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum and Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store that I want to step down as a defense minister," Enoksen was quoted as saying by the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang.
He confirmed the relationship and added that he regrets it.