Published On: Mon, Oct 9th, 2017

Parliament Of Norway Elects Vice President of Pakistani Origin


Abid Qayyum Raja, whose roots are  from Pakistan, has been elected as the Vice President of Norway. The Norway parliament has a president and five vice presidents. Raja is elected as one of the five presidents; he is elected to the presidency of Storting. In total, a president and five vice presidents were elected. Olemic Thommessen was elected as president again and Morten Wold, Nils T. Bjorke, Magne Rommetveit, Eva Kristin Hansen, and Raja as vice presidents. Raja is only the second politician who has been elected as vice president of Norway belonging to the Muslim community. Akhter Chaudhry was the first politician who served  from 2009 to 2013.
Abid Qayyum is a Liberal Party Politician and Norwegian lawyer who was born in Oslo in 1975, Raja grew up in the St. Hanshaugen neighborhood in Oslo. His father Abdul Qayyum Raja was a factory worker, who worked at the Christiania Spigerverk, a steel plant in Nydalen, while his mother Akthar Nasim was a homemaker. Nadia Ansar, his wife is a psychologist.
Raja delighted at his achievement stated that it is indeed  symbolic that someone from his background has reached to the designation of the vice president of Norway. He comes from a humble background as he grew up in a poor municipal and a mother who was uneducated. He said that his ascendancy to vice presidency of Norway would send a good message across the globe and would present Norway as a pluralistic country.
He further expressed that he will give his best to perform his duties well within Vice President of NorwayNorway as well as abroad. He also wants to use his position to support religious discussions and make progress towards religious harmony. This great step taken by the people and parliament of Norway shows a multicultural vision of the world and is an example for others to follow.

About the Author

- Junaid Ashraf has a Master of Philosophy degree in government and public policy. He has international publications through Taylor & Francis, a leading British publishing body. He regularly write columns for newspapers. His interests include international political economy, geopolitics and good governance. He writes for Asia Times.