Norway: Muslim chosen for parliament's presidium
Pakistan-born Akhtar Chaudry broke political ground Wednesday after being named deputy speaker and member of the Norwegian parliament's presidium. Chaudry, 48, became the first foreign-born member of the six- member presidium that oversees the 169-seat legislature's affairs, including the order of business.
He was nominated by the Socialist Left Party, one of the three parties in the ruling red-green coalition that won a second four-year term after last month's general elections.
"I really value the trust that the party's parliamentary caucus has given me," Chaudry was quoted as saying by Norwegian news agency NTB.
Source: EarthTimes (English)