|Socialist Left elect new leaders|
| [12.03.2012, 05:55pm, Mon. GMT]|
|The National Assembly of the Socialist Left Party (SV) on Saturday elected former Minister of Children and Equality, Audun Lysbakken as their new leader. The votes were 192 in favour, while 15 handed in a blank vote. I am humble, touched and proud, the new SV leader said when the result was announced. There had been much controversy around Lysbakken's candidature, following his resignation from his post as government minister due to breach of protocol, but in the end there were no opposing candidates in the running, and no nominations from the floor.Inga Marte Thorkildsen was elected 2nd vice chairperson with 198 votes in favour, and 8 blank votes.|
The other vice chairperson is parliamentarian leader Bård Vegar Solhjell. His term is not yet over.
Outgoing party chairperson, Kristin Halvorsen, thanked the assembly for their support during the past 15 years.
In her speech she said it was no use pretending that the the past few weeks had not been difficult for the party. She called them "weeks of horror"