The Oslo branch of the Progress Party (Fremsrittspartiet, FrP) promoted former deputy Camilla Wilhelmsen its new leader, after controversial branch leader Christian Tybring-Gjedde quit the role earlier this month. Wilhelmsen was chosen unanimously by the nominations commitee.
“I have worked for FrP for many years, I am very fond of the party,” she said. “It’s a demanding role, but I’m ready.” She told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) she’s looking towards municipal elections in 2015, and said her focus is on getting better school and sports facilities. Peter N Myhre was elected political deputy, and Geir Hågen Karlsen was promoted to organizational deputy.
Wilhelmsen said she will focus more on local politics than her outspoken predecessor, Tybring-Gjedde. He became notorious for speaking out on social, cultural and immigration issues, warning particularly against “sneaking Islamization” and the threat foreigners pose to Norwegian culture.
Tybring-Gjedde took a parting swipe when he announced he was stepping down as branch party leader on January 6, saying other party members had “skimmed the cream” and it was time for them to pull their weight. He remains an FrP member of parliament.