Siv Jensen is Norway rapper’s ‘dream girl’

Siv Jensen, the leader of Norway's anti-immigration Progress Party, has received an unlikely endorsement -- from the country's global hip-hop sensation Madcon.

Siv Jensen is Norway rapper's 'dream girl'
Tshawe Baqwa - Piotr Drabik
Asked "who's your dream girl?" by Norwegian radio channel P3, Madcon's Tshawe Baqwa shot back with: "Jensen. Like them a little strict."
With Baqwa born in Germany to South African parents, and his partner Yosef Wolde-Mariam's parents coming from Ethiopia and Eritrea, this may have been a satirical comment Jensen's  party's support for stricter immigration laws. 
Madcon's latest single, One Life, featuring US R&B diva Kelly Rowland, has become a top ten chart hit in countries across Europe since it was released in May. 

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Leader of Norwegian populist party to step down

Siv Jensen, the former finance minister and leader of the anti-immigration Progress Party, has announced she is to leave the role and quit parliament.

Leader of Norwegian populist party to step down
Siv Jensen. File photo: AFP

“I have today informed the nomination committee in the Oslo Progress Party that I do not wish to be re-elected to parliament,” she said at a press conference at the Storting parliament.

“As such, I have also notified the party’s election committee that this, naturally, means the party must select a new leader at its national conference in May,” she continued.

Norway is scheduled to hold general elections later this year.

“It has not been easy to take this choice. But I am completely convinced that it is the right choice for both the party and me,” she said.

Jensen has already given her blessing to Sylvi Listhaug, the hardline former immigration and integration, and later justice minister, as her successor. Listhaug is the current deputy leader of the right-wing party.

The outgoing leader also backed Ketil Solvik-Olsen, a former second deputy leader, as the next deputy leader.

“They are to outstanding politicians who dare to be innovative, clear, take on debates and challenge the existing truths,” Jensen said.

The former minister has been a member of parliament since 1997 and took over as Progress Party leader from Carl I. Hagen in 2006.

She was finance minister from 2013 until January 2020, when the Progress Party withdrew from the governing coalition.

Jensen said her party’s recent sluggish poll ratings were not rated to her decision to step back from politics.

“I have, in all my time as party leader, said that it is a job and lifestyle which demands 120 percent, 24 hours a day all year round,” she also said.