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Princess Märtha Louise running for election against her own will

Her Highness Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, daughter of King Harald and Queen Sonja, is the third candidate on “the Community Party’s” parliamentary list ahead of this autumn’s parliamentary elections in Norway. Meanwhile, the Princess’s ex-husband Ari Behn was placed last on the same list. However, this is against their will.

“The Community Party” tend to list famous people against their own will, and they have done this many times before. Norwegian celebrities Thomas Seltzer, Vendela Kirsebom, Ole Paus, Aylar Lie, Harald Eia and Anne-Kat Hærland were also placed on the list without having been asked whether they want to participate in the election.

This is nothing but an attempt to create attention for the party. The party has never had any representation on either a local or a national level in Norway. The party has received much attention due to the unorthodox demonstrations they have held the recent years. The party’s chairman, the anarchist Øystein Meier Johannessen, placed severed horse heads on stakes outside the Norwegian parliament to demonstrate against the European Union in 2011.

Supreme-court-lawyer Tor Erling Staff has voluntarily been a candidate for the party in Oslo and has been a member of the party since its founding in 1985. In the last parliamentary elections in 2013, the party received 295 votes in total. Many newspapers in Norway have written that Princess is listed against her will, and the media have generally had a critical attitude towards this party since its founding in 1985.

Regardless of whether the party receives the many tens of thousands of votes they need to get Princess Märtha Louise as Member of Parliament, it would still not be possible to actually sit in parliament. The Norwegian Royal Family has no voting rights, and the constitution prevents them from having any political power.

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